Der Töpfer

Der Töpfer (The Potter) is a singspiel, described as a komische Oper, in one act by Johann André. The libretto was by the composer. The work was one of the first German operas to be published in full score.

Performance historyEdit

The opera was first performed in Hanau on 22 January 1773. It was a success and was praised by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for its simplicity and beauty.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 22 January 1773
Marthe soprano  
Hannchen, her daughter soprano  
Gürge, a peasant tenor  
Amschel, a Jew bass  


Marthe, hoping to win a lottery, tries to put off the marriage of her daughter Hannchen to Gürge with the intention of making a better match.


  • Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Der Töpfer, 22 January 1773". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).
  • Bauman, Thomas (1992), "Töpfer, Der" in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7