Julius Bochníček

17 April 1871 Prague – 17 June 1951 Prague

Picture of Julius Bochníček
Bochníček studied music (piano, organ and composition) in Prague and Munich from 1886 to 1889. He then joined the chorus of the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague.

In 1895, Bochníček became a répétiteur first in Stettin, then in Prague, again at the Neues Deutsches Theater where in 1897, he made his debut as a tenor soloist. Neues Deutsches Theater means New German Theater, of course, it was the opera house of bilingual Prague's German speaking population; and so Bochníček chose a German alias, Julius Laubner. In 1900, Bochníček moved to Plzeň/Pilsen for one season, then to Brno/Brünn for another (he also toured Eastern Europe with that company).

In 1902, he moved back to Prague for just one year, this time to the Národní divadlo (the Czech opera house).

From 1902 to 1907, Bochníček sang at the Imperial Opera in Budapest, where all operas were given in Hungarian, and he called himself Gyula Bochnicsek.

Bochníček had health problems and therefore stopped singing in 1907. He turned to conducting and worked at the Prague Varieté Theatre until 1923 (1907–13, 1918–23).

He also composed. His opera Gunaro was well received in Stettin in 1894. A year later, he wrote a Christmas opera for Stettin. That work achieved great popularity locally.

His tenor repertory included Faust, Jeník, Viték (in Dalibor), Wilhelm Meister, ...

Reference 1: Stanley Henig/John Freestone; reference 2

Julius Bochníček sings Dalibor: Ó Zdeňku

Julius Bochníček sings Jen jěsté chvilku s tebou (composer unknown)
In RA format

Julius Bochníček singsProdaná nevěsta: Jak možná věřit
In RA format
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the picture and recordings (Jen jěsté chvilku s tebou, Prodaná nevěsta).

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