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Threepenny Opera, The (Dreigroschenoper, Die)

Composer:
Kurt Weill
Original Language:
German
Librettist:
Bertolt Brecht
Description:
Opera in a prologue and 8 scenes (later in III Acts)
Notes:

Text based on Elizabeth Hauptmann’s translation of “The Beggar’s Opera”

Time:
The Victorian Era
Place:
London
Role Voice Part Classification
Jenny Mezzo-Soprano L
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum Bass L
Mrs. Peachum Mezzo-Soprano L
Polly Peachum Soprano L
Macheath Tenor L
Ausrufer (Narrator) Street Singer Tenor S
Brown (Chief of Police) Bass S
Lucy Soprano S
*Filch
*Hakenfingerjakob (Actor)
*Munzmatthias (Actor)
*Trauerweidenwalter (Actor)
*Sagerobert (Actor)
*Smith (Actor)
*Ede (Actress)
*Jimmy (Actor)
*Die Platte (The Gang) (Actors)
*Huren (Whores) (Actresses)
*Pastor Kimball (Actor)
*Because of the wide number of versions of this opera, a universal classification is not possible for the rest of the characters. Classifications of these characters should be done on a case-by-case basis.

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Minimum Chorus:  8
Divisi:  Men & Women (Sopranos & Tenors)