Nestroy, Johan Nepomuk

WRITER, ACTOR, VOCALIST (AUSTRIA)
BORN 7 Dec 1801, Wien - DIED 25 May 1862, Graz
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 A, nummer 6)

Johann Nepomuk Nestroy had a succesfull career as an opera singer in European cities between 1822 and 1831. After he had returned to Vienna he started writing plays as well. His "Lumpacivagabundus" (1833) was an immediate succes. After Raimund died he was the leading playwright in Vienna.

During the 1840s and 1850s he wrote over eighty comic plays and among his further successes were "Der Talisman" (1840), "Das Mädl aus der Vorstadt" (1841) and "Einen Jux will er sich machen" (1842). For the social comments in his plays he often used ambiguous words because of the censorship in those days. Adolf Müller often wrote the music for Nestroy's plays.

He was buried at the Währinger Ortsfriedhof in Vienna but in later years his remains were transferred to the Zentralfriedhof. There is a Nestroyplatz in Vienna and a theatre prize of the city of Vienna was named after him in 2000.

Sources
Zentralfriedhof Wien, Wien, 1995
• Bauer, Werner T., Wiener Friedhofsführer, Genaue Beschreibung sämtlicher Begräbnisstätten nebst einer Geschichte des Wiener Bestattungswesens, Falter Verlag, Wien, 1991
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Johann Nestroy - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Johan Nepomuk Nestroy at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 1999)

 


Neuber, Friederike Caroline

Published: 28 Dec 2008
Last update: 28 Dec 2008