Nine Rivers from Jordan

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Nine Rivers from Jordan is an opera in a prologue and three acts by composer Hugo Weisgall. The work uses an English libretto by Denis Johnston and tells the story of a British soldier during World War II who lets a prisoner of war escape. The work premiered on October 9, 1968 at the New York City Opera.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast,[1]
October 9, 1968
(Conductor: – Gustav Meier)
Private Don Hanwell baritone Julian Patrick
Sergeant Abe Goldberg bass Joshua Hecht
Copperhead Kelly baritone Paul Huddleston
Otto Suder tenor David Clements
Salt Woman/The Pieta/Woman D.P. soprano Eileen Schauler
Lieutenant Jean l'Aiglon tenor William Brown
Father Matteo Angelino bass William Ledbetter
Major Mark Lyon tenor John Lankston
Captain Reverend Lucius Bull bass-baritone Will Roy
Andrew, the Highlander tenor John Stewart
Dead Man tenor Joaquín Romaguera
Little Jim Clap tenor Kellis Miller
Pepper Johnny baritone Raymond Gibbs
Tom Tosser tenor Nico Castel
Simple Simon baritone Raymond Papay
Sergeant Pete Fisher bass-baritone Michael Devlin