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Hugo Weisgall

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Hugo Weisgall

One-act specialist

Born October 13, 1912, Iebenschütz, Moravia
Emigrated 1920
Died March 11, 1997, Long Island, New York
About Hugo Weisgall

Another composer who has made his name primarily in opera, Weisgall's Six Characters... is his best-known full-length work. However, he is now better known for his many short, small-cast one-act operas and monodramas. At the time of his death, Weisgall was working with librettist Charles Kondek on a new piece about the Warsaw Ghetto, based on the novel The Wall by John Hersey.

  • The Tenor
    Libretto after Wedekind.
  • The Stronger, opera in one act
    Libretto by Richard Hart after the play by August Strindberg.
    August, 1952, Hilltop Musical Company, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Purgatory
    Libretto after Yeats.
  • The Gardens of Adonis
    Libretto after Shakespeare and Obey.
    (Revised version premiered 1981])
  • Six Characters In Search of an Author, opera in three acts
    Libretto by Denis Johnston after the play by Luigi Pirandello.
    April 26, 1959, New York City Opera, New York, New York
  • Athalia
    Libretto after Racine.
    [Never fully staged]
  • Nine Rivers from Jordan
    Libretto by Denis Johnston.
    1968, New York City Opera, New York, New York
  • Jenny, or The Hundred Nights
    Libretto by John Hollander after Mishima.
  • Will You Marry Me?, opera in one act
    Libretto by Charles Kondek after after the play A Marriage Has Been Arranged by Alfred Sutro.
    March 8, 1989, Opera Ensemble of New York, 41 East 81st Street, New York, New York
  • Esther
    Libretto by Charles Kondek.
    1993, New York City Opera, Lauren Flanigan
    [Commissioned but refused by the San Francisco Opera]
  • The Wall
    Libretto by Charles Kondek after the novel by John Hersey.
    [left incomplete at the composer's death]

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Hugo Weisgall at Amazon.com

Hugo Weisgall

The Stronger

Aeolian Chamber Players/Weisgall

CD / CRI SD 273 ()

Hugo Weisgall

Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Premiere recording)

Lyric Opera of Chicago/Schaenen

2 CD / New World 80454-2 (1994)

The Tenor

The Stronger


Hugo Weisgall

Two Operas and Two Song Cycles

2 CD / CRI 757 (1997)

Last update: January 1, 2009