This opera focuses on Hungarian-born obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis, working at Europe's premier hospital, the Vienna Algemeine Krankenhaus. Semmelweis, who draws upon every experience of his life, struggles to find the solution to one of history's most devastating childbed fever epidemics, which is killing mothers at a horrific rate. But convincing the world of his simple solution will be a battle not just against the rigid Viennese status quo, but against his deepest demons. Featured composer Raymond J. Lustig was recently awarded the prestigious Charles Ives Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and has won ASCAP's Rudolf Nissim Prize, the Juilliard Orchestra competition, and the New Juilliard Ensemble competition.
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