Frederick II, King of Prussia (opera) [Friedrich II; Frederick the Great]
- E. Eugene Helm
(b Berlin, Jan 24, 1712; d Potsdam, Aug 17, 1786). German monarch and patron of the arts . His father Friedrich Wilhelm I, violently opposed his artistic leanings; when Frederick finally acceded to the throne on 31 May 1740 he plunged into social and political reforms, military conquest and the rehabilitation of Prussian arts and letters, all at once. He was determined to bring into his own precincts the same operatic magnificence he had witnessed 12 years earlier at Dresden in a production of Hasse’s ...