Jozef Elsner’s Opera Amazons and Cultural Life in Lviv in the Late Eighteenth Century
May 22, 2015 / 7.00 pm
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Jozef Elsner is a Polish composer of German origin, the principle teacher of Chopin. From 1792 to 1799 he lived in Lviv. In Lviv he began his collaboration with the famous Polish theater activist and playwright Wojciech Bogusławski. From the two artists’ creative collaboration only one opera was preserved - Amazons or Herminia. This opera offers extremely interesting insight into the development of cultural life and the tastes of the Lviv audience at the end of the eighteenth century. Angelika Moths will speak about what one can learn from the manuscript of the opera and about the cultural environment in which it arose.