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The Solomiya Krushel'nyts'ka Musical Museum
The history of Lviv is closely connected with the names of outstanding cultural workers: composers, musicians, singers. A famous Ukrainian opera singer Solomiya Krushel'nyts'ka (1873-1952) takes proper place among these names. Her lyric-dramatic soprano of unmatched beauty was the voice of three octaves range and the unique phenomenon in the history of opera art. Her creative destiny let her appear in different countries of the world, sing on the most prestigious stages. She was called "unforgettable Aida", "the only in the world Gioconda", "the ideal Brunhild", "the charming Cio-Cio San". Outstanding composers G. Puccini and R. Strauss expressed their thank-fullness to her for splendid performing of the main parts in their operas. The S. Krushel'nyts'ka Musical Memorial Museum began its ^ff work in 1991. The museum occupies the first floor of house 23, Krushel'nyts'ka Street,
Vwhich belonged to the singer. This house was built in 1884. The main facade is worked out in the spirit of architecture of historism. It is richly decorated with stucco moulding; the balcony in the first floor decorated with two statuaries in antique style attracts ones attention. There is a Imemorial plaque on the facade of the house.
Original photos, playbills, concert programs, portraits, fragments of her stage dresses, note editions, personal things of the singer are shown in seven exhibi-tional halls, in reproduced interiors of the beginning of the 20th c. More that ten thousand original exhibits are kept in the museum funds. In 1996 the archives and the personal piano of outstanding singer Modest Mentsyns'kyi were given into the disposal of the museum from Stockholm. The museum has the unique collection of Yaroslav Hrytsay, the violinist, the collection consisting of gramophone records of the early 20th c., note materials, original photos of outstanding composers and singers with their autographs. For the time being the museum has become one of the centres of musical life. Parties, concerts, scientific conferences, sittings of musicological department of T. Shevchenko Scientific Society are constantly held here.
In 1995 the museum opened its branch: S. Lyudkevych Musical Memorial Museum, placed in the composer's own house. The peculiarity of the museum is that the interior of the composer's dwelling is fully preserved.
The address of the museum is: 23, S. Krushel'nyts'ka Street, the first floor. Telephone: 72-92-96. Is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Closed on Tuesday.
The address of the branch, Stanislav Lyudkevych Memorial Museum is: 7, S. Lyudkevych Street