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Hugo Weisgall
Charles Kondek
Jerome Sirlin (Production Designer)
Christopher Mattaliano (Director)
Joseph Colaneri (Conductor)
Joseph A. Citarella (Costume Designer)
Jeff Davis (Lighting Designer)
Lauren Flanigan (Esther)
Robynne Redmon (Vashti)
Joyce Castle (Zeresh)
Eugene Perry (Xerxes)
Allan Glassman (Haman)
Joseph Corteggiano (Mordecai)
Thomas Mark Fallon (Chief Eunuch) Full-Evening
October 03, 1993
New York City Opera
Esther, a young Jewish girl, becomes the newest wife in King Xerxes' harem. Esther's uncle, Mordecai, hears of an attempt on the King's life and warns him of the danger. Prime Minister Haman, jealous of Mordecai's newfound favor with the King, plots to destroy Mordecai and the Jewish people. Not realizing that Mordecai is a Jew, the King agrees to Haman's plan. Xerxes falls in love with Esther and promises to grant her a wish. Realizing that the fate of her people is resting in her hands, Esther wishes for mercy for the Jews and announces to Xerxes that she, too, is a Jew. She demands the execution of Haman and his ten sons. Unable to revoke his earlier decree, Xerxes arms the Jews. Haman is defeated and hanged. Mordecai is named Prime Minister.
New York Magazine, Peter G. Davis, 10-25-1993; Time, Michael Walsh, 10-18-1993; Associated Press, Mary Campbell; Los Angeles Times, Martin Bernheimer, 10-11-1993; Opera News, Mark Swed, 12-25-93; Newsweek, Katrine Ames, 10-18-93; The New York Times, Edward Rothstein, 10-11-93; Opera News, Tim Page, 10-93; The New Yorker, Paul Griffiths, [n.d., Fall 1993]
SATB Chorus
Children's Chorus
3 fl(picc, afl), 2 ob(Eng hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, tba - timp, perc, hp - str
Some serialism, although never completely atonal; expressionistic; chromatic, but highly romantic; cinematographic musical cuts; use of pitch centers to create harmonic stability; some dissonance; effective use of contrasting textures; fluid prosody
Theodore Presser Company
588 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Schedule of Performances Listings
Esther (Weisgall)
Saturday, November 07, 2009 - New York City Opera
Esther (Weisgall)
Friday, October 08, 1993 - New York City Opera

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