Czech journalist and writer (b. 27 March 1849 in Dobruška; d. 8 September 1915 in Prague), born František Adolf Šubert; sometimes known in the west as František Adolf Schubert.
Šubert was the director of the National Theatre in Prague from 1883 to 1900 and one of the initiators of the invitation which the Umělecká beseda (the Czech Artists' Forum) extended to Tchaikovsky in 1888. The composer arrived in Prague on 31 January/12 February 1888 and conducted a number of concerts, as well as a staged performance of Act II of Swan Lake at the National Theatre (for details on his conducting schedule, see the entry on Prague). At one of the banquets held in Tchaikovsky's honour before he left on 10/22 February, Šubert asked him if he would come to Prague again to conduct one of his latest operas (at that point only The Maid of Orleans had been staged in the Bohemian capital). Tchaikovsky replied that he was unsure whether the subjects of his operas could interest people outside Russia. The following conversation then ensued, as recounted by Šubert in his memoirs:
Tchaikovsky kept his promise and returned to Prague later that year, to conduct the Czech premiere of Yevgeny Onegin at the National Theatre on 24 November/6 December 1888, with Berta Foerstrova-Lautererová giving a very fine performance as Tatyana. The exceptional success of this opera on Czech soil was a great boost to the composer's morale. Šubert also met Tchaikovsky during his third visit to Prague in October 1892, to attend the Czech premiere of The Queen of Spades.
Tchaikovsky's correspondence with František Šubert:
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