Opera in 3 acts.

Hugo Weisgall

Performing Ensemble: Opera with Chorus
Text: Libretto by Charles Kondek.
Duration: 02:10:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

From the Old Testament story, ?Esther? is a story of self-sacrifice, courage, and ultimately, triumph. King Xerxes of Persia has renounced his wife, Vashti, who plots revenge. However, the plot is discovered and revealed to the king by Mordecai, the uncle of Esther. When Mordecai refuses to be subservient to Haman, the king?s Prime Minister, Haman vows to kill all the Jews in the kingdom, which Xerxes signs into law.

Esther, summoned to the royal harem against her will, has become Xerxes? Queen. Risking death for approaching the king without a summons, Esther begs to speak with him. Xerxes forgives her and offers to grant her a wish, which she says she will make known at a banquet. There, she declares that she, too, is Jewish, and demands the deaths of Haman and his sons, and requests that the Jews may be allowed to defend themselves.

The opera ends in a victorious mood as the Jews sing an anthem of triumph over adversity.

Additional Information

Cast Voices Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto, Counter Tenor, 4 Tenor, 2 Baritone, Bass-Baritone, Bass; Chorus, Children's chorus.
Composition Date 1993
Orchestration 3(Picc. AltoFl.), 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2 - 4 3 2 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere October 8th, 1993. New York City Opera, NYC.