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University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health Creates Community-Wide Watch Party and Discussion of SEMMELWEIS

Discussion and Q&A to follow, with Ray Lustig (composer), Matt Gray (general director of The American Opera Project), David Finegold, MD (Univ. of Pittsburgh faculty of Human Genetics), and Cindy Bryce, PhD (Univ. of Pittsburgh faculty of Health Policy and Management)

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…in “Semmelweis,” New York-based composer Raymond J. Lustig tells his story as a musical “death dream” of sorts, with compelling beauty and eerie prescience.

The Washington Post, “Music for the pandemic: A hand-washing opera, a fanfare for nurses and a socially distant chorus,” Michael Andor Brodeur

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scintillating, mystical …hauntingly beautiful…Lustig’s choral writing and orchestrations made the most impact…dreamlike…stunning

Seen and Heard International, “An opera for this time and place – Raymond J. Lustig’s ‘Semmelweis’,” Rick Perdian

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the almost entirely female cast of SEMMELWEIS unleashes soprano voices swirling into the ethereal… standout stagecraft that glues us to the story…a visual poetry dimension…exotic…a seductive spell.”

Picture This Post, “Budapest Operetta Theatre & Bartók Plusz Opera Festival Present SEMMELWEIS – Soprano-studded Fever Dream,” Amy Munice

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Considering the events that are still unfolding, Lustig’s salute to an unjustly neglected hero has taken on even greater cultural resonance…let’s not forget the lesson that Semmelweis taught us: very often, conventional wisdom gets us in trouble.

New York Music Daily, “A Harrowing Song Cycle Takes on New Relevance in a Time of Crisis,” Delarue

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a gripping and unique experience…spectacular…a performance that provoked multiple catharses for me…one of the best theatrical productions of recent years

Magyar Idők, “Soul-anatomy with Catharses,” Zsuzsanna Szekáry

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ethereal… mysterious… a colorful and rich musical composition

Csillagpont Radio, Hungary, “Semmelweis Opera – Oratoric Disease, Hungary’s premiere in Miskolc,” Csaba Németh

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unusual, convincing and imaginative work…floating…exciting and powerful

Fidelio, Hungary, “The surreal Semmelweis operated in Miskolc,” Zsófia Hózsa

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…a spectacular project…a non-typical opera…outside of musical genre here in a particularly compelling way, given the question of opera vs. operetta of the Operetta Theater, and that the female chorus and soloists give the overture and the main themes.

Papageno, “Clean hands,” Gulyás Gábor

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the strength of Semmelweis as a written piece is its music…in the feminine reading of the director, we can be made to recall the recent #MeToo movement

Noémi Herczog, Élet és Irodalom, “I wash my hands”