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Johann Nestroy Card de Visite. Austrian Playwright.

Johann Nestroy Card de Visite. Austrian Playwright.
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Johann Nestroy CdV. Photo by Joseph Bermann in Wien.

Johann Nepomuk Eduard Ambrosius Nestroy (1801 -1862) was an opera singer, actor and, primarily, a playwright.

Nestroy was born in Vienna, Austria. After a career as an opera singer in several European cities from 1822 to 1831, Nestroy returned to his native Vienna and took up writing and acting. This combination of careers has caused Nestroy to be called the "Austrian Shakespeare".

Nestroy's career as a playwright was an immediate success: his 1833 play Lumpacivagabundus was a major hit. He soon became a leading figure in Austrian culture and society.

The most important German speaking Theatre Award is named after Nestroy. The "Nestroy Award" is an annual award for German Theatre with Oscar-like categories. Its ceremony is held in Vienna and being broadcast live to the National Television.

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