List of works for the stage by Kurt Weill

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This is a complete list of the stage works of the German, and later American, composer Kurt Weill (1900–1950).

Title Genre Sub­divisions Libretto Première date Place, theatre
Zriny opera   after a tragedy by Theodor Körner composed 1916, but lost  
Ninon von Lenclos opera   based on a drama by Ernst Hardt composed 1920, but lost  
Zaubernacht ballet with song 1 act Wladimir Boritsch 18 November 1922 Berlin, Theater am Kurfürstendamm [de]
Der Protagonist opera 1 act Georg Kaiser 27 March 1926 Dresden, Staatsoper
Royal Palace, Op. 17 opera 1 act Yvan Goll 2 March 1927 Berlin, Krolloper
Na und?     Felix Joachimson composed 1926–1927, but unperformed and lost  
Mahagonny-Songspiel Songspiel 3 acts Bertolt Brecht 17 July 1927 Baden-Baden, Kurhaus
Der Zar lässt sich photographieren opera buffa 1 act Georg Kaiser 18 February 1928 Leipzig, Neues Theater
Die Dreigroschenoper
(The Threepenny Opera)
play with music prologue and
8 scenes
Bertolt Brecht, after The Beggar's Opera by John Gay 31 August 1928 Berlin, Theater am Schiffbauerdamm
Happy End comedy with music 3 acts Elisabeth Hauptmann and Bertolt Brecht 2 September 1929 Berlin, Theater am Schiffbauerdamm
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny opera 3 acts Bertolt Brecht 9 March 1930 Leipzig, Neues Theater
Der Jasager Schuloper 2 acts Bertolt Brecht, after Elisabeth Hauptmann's translation from Arthur Waley's English version of the Japanese No drama Taniko 23 June 1930 Berlin
Die Bürgschaft opera prologue and
3 acts
Caspar Neher, after Johann Gottfried Herder's parable Der afrikanische Rechtspruch 10 March 1932 Berlin, Städtische Oper
Die sieben Todsünden ballet chanté 8 parts Bertolt Brecht 7 June 1933 Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Der Silbersee play with music 3 acts Georg Kaiser 18 February 1933 Leipzig, Altes Theater & Stadttheater Magdeburg [de] & Theater Erfurt
Marie Galante play with music 2 acts Jacques Deval 22 December 1934 Paris, Théâtre de Paris
Der Kuhhandel operetta 2 acts Robert Vambery composed 1934 but not performed until: 22 March 1990 Düsseldorf (in concert)
A Kingdom for a Cow (revision of Der Kuhhandel) musical play 3 acts Reginald Arkell and D Carter 28 June 1935 London, Savoy Theatre
Der Weg der Verheissung biblical drama 4 acts Franz Werfel composed 1934-1935, but unperformed until: 13 June 1999 Chemnitz, Theater Chemnitz
Johnny Johnson musical play 3 acts Paul Green 19 November 1936 New York, 44th Street Theatre
The Eternal Road (revision of Der Weg der Verheissung) biblical drama 4 acts Franz Werfel 7 January 1937 New York City, Manhattan Opera House
Knickerbocker Holiday musical comedy 2 acts Maxwell Anderson 26 September 1938 Hartford, Connecticut
Davy Crockett musical play 2 acts H R Hays composed 1938, but unfinished  
Railroads on Parade (A Fantasy on Rail Transport) circus opera   Edward Hungerford 30 April 1939 New York World's Fair
Ulysses Africanus musical play 2 acts Maxwell Anderson composed 1939, but unfinished material later used in Lost in the Stars
Lady in the Dark musical play 2 acts Moss Hart and Ira Gershwin 23 January 1941 New York, Alvin Theatre
One Touch of Venus musical comedy 2 acts Ogden Nash 7 October 1943 New York, Imperial Theatre
The Firebrand of Florence operetta 2 acts Ira Gershwin 22 March 1944 New York, Alvin Theatre
Street Scene American opera 2 acts Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes 9 January 1947 New York, Adelphi Theatre
Down in the Valley folk opera 1 act Arnold Sundgaard 15 July 1948 Bloomington, Indiana University
Love Life vaudeville 2 parts Alan Jay Lerner 7 October 1948 New York, 46th Street Theatre
Lost in the Stars musical tragedy 2 acts Maxwell Anderson 30 October 1949 New York, Music Box Theatre
Huckleberry Finn musical 2 acts Maxwell Anderson after Mark Twain composed 1950, but unfinished  


  • Hinton, Stephen (1992), 'Weill, Kurt' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7
  • Kurt Weill Foundation: page about Der Weg der Verheißung
  • The playbill for the 1939 NY Worlds Fair show "Railroads on Parade"