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The Stronger

opera in one act

Music by Hugo Weisgall
Libretto by Richard Hart
after the play by August Strindberg
About The Stronger

Essentially a staged monodrama, The Stronger is an opera with only one singing role, Estelle; the other principal role, Lisa, is silent throughout the show.

Cast of Characters
Estelle, s Lisa, mute
Optional waiters and patrons

On New Year's Eve, Estelle meets her friend Lisa in a bar while she's finishing her Christmas shopping. She talks about her family, in the process revealing that she knows that Lisa was in love with Harold, the man she married. As Estelle leaves, she decides that she is, after all, the stronger of the two.

Performance History
World premiere
Hilltop Musical Company, Baltimore, Maryland
August, 1952

(with piano accompaniment)
Premiere performance, orchestral version
Composers Forum, Columbia University, New York, New York
January, 1955
Estelle: Adelaide Bishop
Siegfried Landau, conductor
Discography Search for recordings of The Stronger at Amazon.com

Hugo Weisgall

The Stronger

Aeolian Chamber Players/Weisgall

CD / CRI SD 273 ()

The Stronger


Hugo Weisgall

Two Operas and Two Song Cycles

2 CD / CRI 757 (1997)

Last update: January 1, 2009