Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou
- Michaela Freemanová
Town in Moravia. Among the theatres at all the castles belonging to Count Johann Adam Questenberg (1678–1752), the one at Jaroměřice was the most important. It was first opened to the local public in 1722, and completely rebuilt in 1731; the stage was altered in 1739. There was also a garden theatre, built in 1735. Some of the scenery, notably in the 1730s, was designed by Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena. The first opera performance took place in 1723. The repertory consisted not only of Italian opera and German Singspiel, mostly imported from Vienna, but also of works in the Czech language; composers included Brivio, Bioni, Pergolesi, Caldara, Giacomelli, F. B. Conti, I. M. Conti, D. N. Sarro, Vinci, Leo, Hasse and the count’s Kapellmeister, the singer and composer František Antonín Míča. Míča’s L’origine di Jaromeriz in Moravia was given in Czech in 1730. Most of the singers, dancers and musicians in the count’s company were members of his household or local people, especially from the Míča and Frey-Svoboda families. Others visited Jaroměřice from Vienna and Brno. The count’s band of music existed from around ...