The Cleveland Opera

Echo in the Woods

(Echo w lesie)

by Józef Elsner

In our production, an English narrator will interpret the Polish arias and duets.

free with donations gratefully accepted.

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Centennial Peace Plaza
1051 Martin Luther King Blvd.Cleveland OH 44108

We will present an introduction to the opera on Friday, September 9.
Please join us for this Cleveland Opera Homecoming Party!
Details below.


Dorota Sobieska Dorota Sobieska,
Andrzej Stec Andrzej Stec,
Maestro Grzegorz Nowak Maestro
Grzegorz Nowak

Instrumental Ensemble

  • Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, concertmaster & conductor
  • Wanda Sobieska, violin
  • Dorota Sobieska, violin for overture
  • Julian Sobieski, double bass
  • Jacek Sobieski, piano/keyboard

The Story

Lubin, the forester, is in the woods one evening when he hears an intriguing voice. Not realizing who it is, he sings back to the unknown beauty. When she responds by flirting, he begins to woo her in earnest. Night has fallen, and it is dark, so the two cannot see each other. He assumes a disguised personality, as does, unbeknown to him, the object of his pursuit. They pledge their happiness as a couple when the moon rises and reveals the mysterious stranger as none other than his own wife, Doryna! The two, at first shocked and upset, realize the irony of their adventure and reconcile in true happiness.

About the Composer

a portrait of Józef Elsner

Józef Elsner (1769–1854) may be best known as the teacher of Fryderyk Chopin. But Elsner was a very prolific composer, highly regarded during his days: the transitional time from the Classical era to Romanticism. He composed a great number of masses, offertories, oratorios and cantatas, ballets, operas, other works for the stage, concertos, symphonies, chamber works, and smaller orchestral and instrumental pieces (mainly dances). His oeuvre holds exceptional treasure.

One such gem is his comedy Echo w lesie (Echo in the Woods) 1808.

The Cleveland Opera Homecoming Party

Prior to the performance on Friday, September 9 at 6pm at the Polish-American Cultural Center (6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland OH 44105)

Introduction to the life and works of Józef Elsner, as well as to the opera Echo in the Woods — Maestro Nowak will be the master of ceremonies and our lecturer. Musical highlights by Andrzej Stec and Dorota Sobieska. Refreshments will be served. Free.