The Cleveland Opera

Echo in the Woods

(Echo w lesie)

by Józef Elsner

The production is sponsored by World on Stage
at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

A staged & costumed Polish comic opera.
In our production, a narrator will translate the text into English.

Free and open to the public.
Free-will donations gratefully accepted.

The performance has been moved to the rain location:
the Social Hall of Saint Casimir Church,
which is up the street from the original venue.
The address is 8223 Sowinski Avenue,
Cleveland OH 44103.

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Centennial Peace Plaza
intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. & St. Casimir Way
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
Concertmaster Konrad Kowal Konrad Kowal,

Instrumental Ensemble

  • Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, conductor
  • Konrad Kowal, violin, concertmaster
  • Wanda Sobieska, violin, viola
  • Dorota Sobieska, violin for overture
  • Philip Formes, clarinet
  • Julian Sobieski, double bass
  • Jacek Sobieski, piano/keyboard

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.

Read the story

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 and open to the public.
Free-will donations gratefully accepted.