Der Jasager

Der Jasager (The Affirmer or He Said Yes) is an opera (specifically a Schuloper or 'school-opera') by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht (after Elisabeth Hauptmann's translation from Arthur Waley's English version of the Japanese drama Taniko).

Its companion piece is Der Neinsager (He Said No ).

Weill also identifies the piece, following Brecht's development of the experimental form, as a Lehrstück, or 'learning-play'.

Performance history

It was first performed in Berlin by students of the Akademie für Kirchen und Schulmusik at the Zentralinstitut für Erziehung und Unterricht on 23 June 1930 and broadcast simultaneously on the radio. It was successful and there were over 300 performances during the following three years.

Brecht subsequently revised the text twice, the final version, including Der Neinsager, being without music.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast,
23 June 1930
(Conductor: Fritz Busch)
The boy treble
The mother mezzo-soprano
The teacher baritone
First student treble or tenor
Second student treble or tenor
Third student treble or baritone


  • Hinton, Stephen. 1992. "Jasager, Der". In The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Ed. Stanley Sadie. London:. ISBN 0-333-73432-7.
  • Weill, Kurt. 1930. Interview. In Collected Plays: Three by Bertolt Brecht. Ed. and trans. John Willett. Brecht Collected Plays Ser. London: Methuen, 1997. ISBN 9780413704603. p.334-335.


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