27 January – 30 June,The Estates Theatre
The National Theatre
“Mozart’s operas for Prague”
The exhibition held on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of W. A. Mozart’s
birth informs about the stagings of the operas Don Giovanni and La clemenza di
Tito, which were composed directly for Prague and which Mozart also conducted
personally at their world premieres.
The exhibition is open in the Mozart Parlor on the 1st balcony of the Estates
Theatre and is accessible during all performances in this theatre.
17 March – 4 September, The National Museum – Czech Museum of Music
“Music in Prague 1760–1810”
The exhibition held on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of W.A.
Mozart gives a complex insight into the musical life in Prague between 1760 and
1810. It introduces the composers (such as Jan Antonín Koželuch and Vinzenz
Maschek) and virtuosos (such as V. Maschek and J. K. Kuchař) who lived in Prague,
and also at pointing out the venues where their music was played – theatres,
monasteries, choir lofts and music bands of nobility. Precious music collections
are referred to, for example the collections of the Strahov and Břevnov Monasteries
and the Convent of Nuns of St Elizabeth. The exhibits on display, namely sheet
music, theatre posters, opera libretti, prints (pictures of Prague and composers)
and paintings, come mainly from the collections of the music history department
of the Czech Museum of Music and from other institutions, such as the Strahov
Monastery, Břevnov Monastery, the music department of the National Library, the
National Gallery, the Museum of the City of Prague and the Memorial of National
Literature. The exhibition of course also remembers Mozart’s Prague visits. A
richly illustrated catalogue is available.
Venue: the exhibition halls of the Czech Museum of Music, Karmelitská 2, Prague 1.
Opening hours: daily except Tuesdays, 10–18.
1 September – 31 December,The Prague State Opera
The large-scale thematic exhibition reflects the tradition of Mozartean
productions in the history of the Prague State Opera. Although in Prague Mozart’s
name is most often connected with the Estates Theatre, the present-day Prague State
Opera and its predecessors can also boast excellent productions of the great
composer’s masterpieces, featuring some of the world’s famous singers.
In the days of the New German Theatre, Mozart’s bust – along with those of Goethe
and Schiller – even graced the front of the theatre building (they were removed due
to the post-war wave of anti-German sentiment and what became of them is still
unknown). The exhibition that can be seen in the PSO lounges from the beginning of
September to the end of 2006, the Mozartean anniversary year, wants to draw attention
to some interesting, though not so well-known aspects of Mozart’s Prague cult.
2 – 26 November, The National Library of the Czech Republic – Clementinum
“My Praguers Worship Me”
Prague Mozart Memorial and the Mozartean Cult. Mozart’s relation to the Clementinum
is an integral part of the great topic “Mozart and Prague”. He visited it
already during his first visit to Prague in January 1787. The National Library takes
pride in the Mozart Memorial at the Clementinum which collects rare period
copies and prints of Mozart’s compositions. The Mozart Memorial aims at its own
further development, supplementation of facts and compilation of bibliography on
Mozart. It was established in 1837, four years prior to the founding of the Salzburg
Mozarteum, and so it is historicly the first Mozarteum
in the world, reflecting the long admiration of Mozart in Prague.
21 November 2006 – 28 January 2007, Clam-Gallas Palace
Organizers: The Museum of the City of Prague and The Archive of the City of Prague, BVA International
Co-organizers: The Museum of Applied Arts, The National Museum – CzechMuseum of Music in Prague
The exhibition will conclude the year of the 250th Mozart anniversary celebrations
and it will present his relation to the capital of the Bohemian Kingdom and its
inhabitants. It will recall not only the ovation Prague prepared for the brilliant
musician but it will also deal with the context of cultural, especially musical and
theatrical life of that time, it will introduce its main representatives and events,
such as the coronation of Leopold II. It is symbolic that the exhibition, which is to
close on Mozart´s birthday on 27 January 2007, will take place at the Clam-Gallas
Palace, which is closely related ot one of Mozart’s stays in Prague.