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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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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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powerfully resonant…gripping…alternately austere and lustrous…otherworldly

Lucid Culture / New York New Music Daily

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the term ‘operetta’ must not mislead from the seriousness of the musical argument…solid dramatic construct

Sipario, Italy