Mozart performs for Empress Maria Theresia, 1 October 1762, (1936). Creator: Unknown
Mozart performs for Empress Maria Theresia, 1 October 1762, (1936). 'Mozart Vor Kaiserin Maria Theresia, 1 Oktober 1762'. The six-year-old Mozart plays for the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria at the imperial court in Vienna. Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a child prodigy, and supposedly jumped on the empress's lap when he visited with his father and sister. From "Bilder Deutscher Geschichte", (Pictures of German History), No.12, cigarette card album. [Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, Altona-Bahrenfeld, Hamburg, Germany, 1936]
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Scene from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, 1786 (1905). Artist: Anon
Scene from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, 1786 (1905). The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), comic opera (opera buffa) with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1838) after Beaumarchais, first performed on l May 1786 at the Burgtheater, Vienna. A group of peasants led by Figaro and Susanna sing Count Almaviva's praises and to entreat him not to dismiss the page Chrubino from his service. He relents to the extent that he gives him a commission in his regiment. From Les Noces de Figaro, one of set of trade cards issued by Liebig & Co, 1905.
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Fire and Water, The Magic Flute, 1816. Artist: Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Fire and Water, The Magic Flute, 1816. Stage design by Karl Freidrich Schinkel for The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote), showing fire and water, two of the ordeals that Tamino, the hero, had to undergo before being received by Sarastro the High Priest in the temple of Isis and Osiris. The opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) with libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812) was first produced in Vienna in 1791. The plot has overtones of Freemasonry. Some say Queen of the Night is based on the Empress Maria Theresa (1717-1780).
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