Queen Esther As a Teenage Fighter

Esther’s own identity — as a young woman, as a Jew, as queen, as defender and protector of the Jewish people — plays out in several different ways in the Purim story. This year, New York City Opera addresses all of these in a revival of Hugo Weisgall’s opera “Esther,” mounted with contemporary visuals by Israeli photographer Rachel Papo (below left).

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