Heinisch, József [Joseph]
- Ferenc Bónis
(b before 1800; d Pest, Nov 7, 1840). Hungarian composer and theatre conductor, probably of Austrian origin. In his youth he moved in the society of Beethoven. About 1812 he entered the service of the Transylvanian Count Farkas Bethlen as a music teacher. From 1824 to 1830 he worked as a theatre conductor in Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca), and from 1830 to 1835 he was active in Kassa (now Košice, Slovakia), where the first performance of his opera Mátyás királynak választása (‘The Election of Mátyás as King’) was given. From 1836 to 1837 he was conductor of the Hungarian theatre company in Buda. The Hungarian Theatre in Pest, centre of opera in Hungary until 1884, was opened on 22 August 1837 with his overture Thalia diadala az előítéleteken (‘Thalia’s Victory over Prejudice’), and on the same day he also conducted the first opera performance there, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia...