Der Jasager

School opera in two acts.
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht, after the Japanese play Taniko
(translated into German by Elisabeth Hauptmann from the English translation by Arthur Waley).

Performance Information
Principal Productions

Poster from first U.S. production, New York, 1933.


A boy receives permission to travel with his teacher and classmates across the mountains in search of a physician who can help his sick mother. The difficult journey causes the boy to become ill and unable to go on. The teacher offers to turn back, but the other students remind him of the ancient custom, which demands that sick travelers be thrown off the mountains into the valley. The boy consents (says yes), and the custom is observed.

Performance Information

English title: The Yes-Sayer
Cast: The Boy (tenor or boy soprano), the Mother (mezzo), the Teacher (baritone), three students (2 tenors, 1 baritone), chorus, SATB.
Orchestra: fl, cl, alto sax; 2 pianos, harmonium, perc, plucked instruments ad lib. (guitar, banjo, lute); strings (without violas).
Duration: 35 minutes
Authorized Translations:
English -- H.M. Potts; Michael Feingold
French -- Edouard Pfrimmer
Italian -- Luigi Rognoni

Principal productions

Heliodor H/HS 25025
Polydor 839 727-2
Line 509 991
Membran 232579
Joseph Protschka
Lys Bert
Willibald Vohla
Dusseldorf Childern's chrus and Chamber Orchestra
Siegfried Kohler, cond.
Capriccio 60 020-1
Capriccio 29110
Fredonia Chamber Singers, 
Kammerchor der Universität Dortmund, 
Orchester Campus Cantat 90, 
Willi Gundlach, cond.
FONO FCD 97 734   Chor und Orchester des Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasiums Konstanz, 
Peter Bauer, cond.