Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Benefit concert given in aid of Prague opera singer Steinecke

Venue: Žofín Island (Žofín Hall)

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 21/04/1862

Beneficiary: Steinecke,?

Programme including:

General participants:
  • STEINECKE, ?: soloist, v
  • KRÉN, J.: soloist, v
  • BACHMANN, Eduard: soloist, v
  • EILERS, Albert: soloist, v
  • MIKOVÁ-BENNEWITZOVÁ, Emilie: soloist, v
  • EHRENBERGŮ, Eleonora z: soloist, v
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van : song Adelaide, v, pf, op.46
     • Steinecke, ? : v
ŠKROUP, František Jan : aria Kde domov můj? Where is my homeland? incidental music Fidlovačka (Fidlovačka [name of Prague spring fair]), v, orch
     • Steinecke, ? : v
DONIZETTI, Gaetano : duet of Malatesta and Don Pasquale from act 3 of opera Don Pasquale, 2 vv, orch
     • Steinecke, ? : v Krén, J. : v
NÁPRAVNÍK, Eduard : song I šepce kvítí (Even the whispering flowers), op.2
     • Ehrenbergů, Eleonora z : v
UNSPECIFIED, ? : unspecified vocal works, v
SCHUMANN, Robert Alexander : duet no.2 from 4 duets for soprano and tenor, 2vv,pf, op.34
     • Miková-Bennewitzová, Emilie : v Bachmann, Eduard : v

Commentary:

Dalibor 20/4/1862 reported that the ‘First concert after Easter will be on Monday 21st April for the benefit of the local opera singer Mr Steinecke, who will sing amongst other items Škroup’s song Kde domov můj. Miss Z Ehrenbergů will perform Nápravník’s song I šepce kvítí.’ No further details were given by this source.

Prager Morgenpost 23/4/1862 published a review signed ‘-ý.’ and written on 21/4/1862 of this event. The critic reported that the singer had given his own benefit concert at 12 noon in the Žofín Hall to mark his farewell after 10 years on the Prague stage, and that the concert was to have included a performance of two double quartets for male voice in which would have participated the singing society Harmonie, but the society had cancelled. Steinecke performed two solo items, Beethoven’s Adelaide and, to conclude the event, Škroup’s Kde domov můj?. He also sang in a duet with Mr Kren from Don Pasquale, showing himself as always to be an experienced, exceptionally well-schooled singer. He received substantial applause and was curtain-called several times. Misses Mick [Miková], von Ehrenberg [z Ehrenbergů] and Messrs Bachmann, Eilers and Kren performed several vocal items, of which Schumann’s duet “O laß mich ein” was thought by the critic to have been particularly praiseworthy. A declamation was spoken by Mr Hallenstein.


Summary of sources:

Dalibor, časopis pro hudbu, divadlo a umění vůbec (20/04/1862)
Prager Morgenpost (23/04/1862)