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Romantic opera in three acts - 1821

Composer Carl Maria von Weber · Libretto by Friedrich Kind
In German with German and English surtitles | New Production

Friday, 26. November 2021
07:00 pm – 09:15 pm
Nationaltheater

Duration est. 2 hours 15 minutes

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Premiere at 13. February 2021

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Cast

Conductor
Lothar Koenigs
Production
Dmitri Tcherniakov
Set Design
Elena Zaytseva
Lighting
Gleb Filshtinsky
Video-directors
Gleb Filshtinsky, Dmitri Tcherniakov
Video-production
Show Consulting Studio
Artistic Consultant
Tatjana Wereschtschagina
Dramaturgy
Lukas Leipfinger
Choruses
Stellario Fagone

Ottokar
Sean Michael Plumb
Kuno
Bálint Szabó
Agathe
Golda Schultz
Ännchen
Anna Prohaska
Kaspar/Samiel
Tomasz Konieczny
Max
Pavel Černoch
Ein Eremit
Georg Zeppenfeld
Kilian
Milan Siljanov
Vier Brautjungfern
Jasmin Delfs, Eliza Boom, Emily Sierra, Yajie Zhang
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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In a village community that holds firm to archaic customs, the young hunter Max must pass a marksmanship test so he may marry his sweetheart, Agathe. Of all times now when his shooting has been very much below par! Carl Maria von Weber and his librettist Friedrich Kind fluctuate between ghost story, fairy tale, fortune play and interplay between heaven and hell. The plot centres around a diabolical ritual in the “Wolf's Glen”, where a pact is made with Samiel to cast magic bullets that never miss their target. Its composer declared that the opera was celebrated by its world premiere audience in Berlin in 1821 with the, “most incredible enthusiasm”. In the decades that followed, the piece, at the time considered nature-oriented and traditional-romantic, swiftly became one of the most performed operas on German stages. And little wonder it was: In an age with a popular yearning for cultural, national identification opportunities, Der Freischütz offered a projection surface for an ideal community. So what about this opera appeals to director Dmitri Tcherniakov today?

 

ACT ONE
The action takes place during one day, on the eve of the wedding of Agathe and Max. Agathe, the daughter of the powerful Kuno, is about to marry the young Max. Max understands what life and career  prospects will open up if he enters the house of Kuno. As Agathe’s husband, he will receive a pass to completely different circles. Kuno’s strained relationship with his daughter might become an obstacle.  Dissatisfied with the behavior of Agathe, who did not ask for his consent, Kuno nevertheless agrees to the wedding. But on the eve of the wedding, in front of everyone, Kuno puts forward a condition for Max. The new one is obliged to publicly pass a test by firing a rifle at the target chosen by Kuno. Max feels that he cannot go for it. But everything is at stake – his position, career, Agathe’s hand. Kuno  assigns Max’s fateful test shot for the following day of the wedding. Max is in turmoil. His old friend Kaspar tries to calm him down and offers his help. He sets up a meeting for midnight.

ACT TWO
The same night, on the eve of the wedding, Agathe is waiting for Max at the appointed hour. But he is not there yet. Her close friend Ännchen tries to convince Agathe not to worry too much about this. Right on arrival the latecomer Max declares that he is in only for a minute. He has a lot to do and must leave shortly. Agathe, alarmed, tries to reason with him and stop him. But Max is adamant, he leaves.  Agathe is in despair. At night, Max comes to see Kaspar. But someone else is there: a certain Samiel, whose help and support Kaspar constantly needs. Kaspar asks Samiel to aim Max’s gun right at the heart of the bride. Obsessed with Agathe, Kaspar cannot afford to let the irreparable happen – for Agathe to become Max’s wife in the morning. Horrified by what is happening, Max loses consciousness.

ACT THREE
The next morning, after an agonizing night, Agathe feels left all alone. Gloomy forebodings do not leave her. Ännchen tries to entertain Agathe with wedding preparations. But in the gift box Ännchen  brought, Agathe discovers a funeral wreath. On the eve of the wedding, Max passes the test announced by Kuno: a test shot. He points the gun at Agathe’s heart …

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Biographies

Lothar Koenigs, geboren in Aachen, studierte Klavier und Dirigieren an der Musikhochschule in Köln. Von 1999 bis 2003 war er Musikdirektor in Osnabrück, gastierte danach u. a. an den Opernhäusern in Wien, New York, Dresden, Mailand, Hamburg, Venedig, Rom und Lyon. Von 2009 bis 2016 war er Music Director an der Welsh National Opera, wo er u. a. Chowanschtschina, Fidelio, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg und Lohengrin dirigierte. Gastdirigate führten ihn u. a. zu den BBC Proms und zum Edinburgh Festival. Zu seinem Repertoire zählen Werke wie Jenůfa, Elektra, Salome, Wozzeck, Hänsel und Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, Lohengrin, Die Königskinder und Pelléas et Mélisande. In Symphoniekonzerten war er u. a. mit Orchestern wie den Wiener und den Dresdner Philharmonikern, dem Beethoven Orchester Bonn und dem Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia zu erleben. (Stand: 2019)

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