Prague’s Estates Theater, Mozart, and Bohemian Patriotism

by Martin Nedbal, (c) 2018

The Estates Theater

Present-day view of Estates Theater,
in form acquired during 1859

The only surviving theater in the world in which Mozart himself conducted, Prague’s Estates Theater has a rich and dramatic history dating back to 1783. This publication uncovers the close links between Prague’s cultural and political history and the productions of Mozart’s works in the Theater. The publication is accompanied by a reproduction of a famous engraving of the Theater from 1793 and details the building’s architectural development in the nineteenth century. Also included are four engravings of late eighteenth-century Prague productions of The Magic Flute and the first English translation of a German poem celebrating Prague’s premiere of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.