Today (October 29th) marks the 223rd anniversary of the world premiere of Mozart´s opera Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague.

mozart2It is hard to believe that during his short life he composed 626 works which form one of the pillars European cultural heritage rests upon. In 1786 the Marriage of Figaro was performed in Prague with a great success and in January 1787 Mozart visited Prague for the first time to personally conduct the performance.
He became fond of Prague not only because of an unexpected response his music met with, but also thanks to the hospitality of the Dušek’s family he visited in the Villa Bertramka. Prague was the source of inspiration for the Symphony in D dur, No. 38, called “Prague”. When Mozart died on 5 December 1791 the members of Prague orchestra of the St. Nicholas church gave a stately farewell to the genius.“My Praguers understand me” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was heard to say after Don Giovanni was premiered with a ground-breaking success in Prague Nostic Theatre on 6 September 1791 and he was right to say so. Although it has been more than 2 and a half century now, the tunes of Mozart music can still be heard high above the red roofs of the Prague Lesser Town and in the winding

streets of Prague Conservation Area.

“Home is not the place where you live, but the place where people understand you.”

(Christian Morgenstern)