Agnieszka Truskolaska, portrait.Agnieszka Truskolaska (1755–1831), the most outstanding Polish actress of the Enlightenment and a singer. In the team of the National Theatre she gained the leading position as the performer of the first romantic leads. Her best parts include the eponymous role in Voltaire’s “Mérope” (1792) and Camille in Corneille’s “Horace” (1802). In 1795, after the third partition of Poland, Truskolaska together with her husband organized a group of Polish Actors who performed in the building of the former National Theatre. After her husband’s death in 1797 she took sole charge of the group. Although she ensured the continuity of the Polish cultural institution after the country lost its independence, her company was a run of incessant troubles. Thus, in 1799 she handed the direction over to Wojciech Bogusławski.


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