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
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.
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