Originally built as a vineyard homestead, the Bertramka villa became the property of singer Josefa Duskova and her husband pianist/composer František Xaver Dusek in 1784.
The couple struck-up a friendship with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who visited them many times. Mozart completed the score of Don Giovanni here and got help from the Dusek´s with the Prague productions of his opera The Marriage of Figaro.
Here he met a famous Italian lover Giacomo Casanova who spent the last thirteen years of life not far from Prague in Duchcov castle as a librarian. Bertramka is now a Mozart museum displaying several of the musical master´s possesions, including arias written in his own hand and a harpsichord on which he composed. There´s even a lock of Mozart´s hair encased in a glass cube. The villa´s Salla Terena, which served as a music salon in Mozart´s day,continues to be used for chamber music concerts.
The programs are usualy comprised of works by Mozart and Czech composers. In Prague you can visit the Theater of the Estates (Stavovske divadlo), one of the most beautiful and historical playhouses in Europe.
The Estates Theater forever linked with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who chose this stage for the world premieres of two of his operas, La Clemenza di Tito, in 1791, and a thrilling performance of Don Giovanni, on October 29, 1787, which was conducted by Mozart himself.
The Interior is usually accessible only to theater-goers, but, if the doors are open, try to sneak a peek at the theater´s opulent blue velvet interior, which was featured in the Milos Forman´s movie Amadeus.
Feel free to CONTACT GEORGE in order to arrange your guided tour.