Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen

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Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen (Murderer, Hope of Women) is an opera in one act by Paul Hindemith, with a German libretto by Oskar Kokoschka based on his play written in 1907.

It was the first in a triptych of expressionist influenced one-act operas, the others being Das Nusch-Nuschi (1921), and Sancta Susanna (1922).

Performance history[edit]

It was first performed on 4 June 1921, at the Landestheater, Stuttgart under Fritz Busch.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast,[1] 4 June 1921
(Conductor: Fritz Busch)
Man baritone
Woman soprano Erna Ellmenreich
First maid soprano
Second maid soprano
Third maid contralto
First soldier tenor
Second soldier tenor
Third soldier bass


  1. ^ "Musical events 4 June 1921". Italy: AmadeusOnline. Retrieved 8 August 2010.