Libretto by Langston Hughes after early rabbinical commentaries, the Book of Esther, and the Racine
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
1 Hours 41 Minutes
Soprano, Bass Baritone, 3 Tenors, 4 Baritones [1=Bass]
3 Basses, 2 Mezzo sopranos, medium and low voices
1021/2110/timp.perc/hp/str; stage music: 2tpt, hn, tbn
The Persian king Ahasuerus has married Esther, a Hebrew, without knowing her religion. She has kept her secret on the advice of her uncle Mordechai, but she tells the king who she really is when the king’s evil advisor Haman plots to destroy all the Jews in Persia. The king respects Esther for her courage and hangs Haman on the gallows the wicked advisor had erected for the Jews.