Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited Prague several times during his lifetime, and he had a close connection with the city. However, he did not permanently live in Prague. Here’s some information about Mozart’s time in Prague:
- First Visit (January 1787): Mozart’s first visit to Prague was in January 1787 when he conducted his opera “Don Giovanni” (also known as “Don Giovanni, K. 527”) at the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo) in Prague. This visit was a significant success, and “Don Giovanni” was well-received by the Prague audience. Mozart spent several weeks in Prague during this visit.
- Second Visit (August 1787): Mozart returned to Prague in August 1787 for the premiere of his opera “La clemenza di Tito” (The Clemency of Titus) at the Estates Theatre. This opera, however, did not achieve the same level of success as “Don Giovanni.”
- Later Connections: Mozart continued to have a strong connection with Prague, and his music remained popular in the city. He corresponded with Prague-based friends and composers like Josef Mysliveček and the Dussek family. His works were often performed in Prague even after his death.
Mozart did not have a permanent residence in Prague, but during his visits, he would stay in various accommodations. He had friends and admirers in Prague who would host him during his visits.
While Mozart did not live in Prague for an extended period, his time in the city was significant in his career, and the city has honored him with memorials and museums dedicated to his memory.