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Der Freischütz

Semperoper Dresden, Dresden, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Dresden, Germany
Starts at: 19:00
Acts: 3
Intervals: 1
Duration: 2h 45min
Sung in: German
Titles in: German,English

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Cast
Performers
Soprano: Golda Schultz (Agathe)
Conductor: Georg Fritzsch
Baritone: Markus Butter (Ottokar)
Tenor: Maximilian Schmitt (Max)
Chorus: Saxon State Opera Chorus
Bass: Tilmann Rönnebeck (Kuno)
Creators
Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Staging: Axel Köhler
Librettist: Johann Friedrich Kind
Overview

Once the best marksman in the world, Max is on a losing streak. A single shot will determine his betrothal to Agathe – a much too important matter to leave to chance.

At midnight in the Wolf’s Glen, Max, aided by the evil Casper, casts seven magic bullets which never miss their target, thus sealing a pact with the devil. Following the work’s premiere in 1821, Carl Maria von Weber proclaimed: "I’ve hit the hit the bullseye". Soon "Der Freischütz" became regarded as the romantic German opera par excellence. Weber’s music reproduces the beauty of the German forest as well as its nighttime eeriness to create an atmosphere of uncertainty, doubt and fear. In his production, director Axel Köhler not only describes the fate of a young man driven to extremes by a fear of failure, but also paints the image of a society which, having lost its bearings, seeks stability in ritual and hierarchy. 

History
Premiere of this production: 18 June 1821, Schauspielhaus Berlin

Der Freischütz (usually translated as The Marksman or The Freeshooter) is a German opera with spoken dialogue in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber with a libretto by Friedrich Kind. It premiered on 18 June 1821 at the Schauspielhaus Berlin. It is considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality.

Synopsis

Background: A long time ago it was common for poachers picked up to be forged onto a living deer. When the ruling prince once saw such a punishment, he felt sorry for him and promised inheritance to anyone who would shoot the deer without injuring the man. A body hunter named Kuno succeeded in shooting the master. However, since there was a rumor that the shooter had loaded a free bullet, the prince determined that in future everyone who wanted to take over the forester would have to take a test shot on the orders of the ruling prince. The current forester, great-grandson of the marksman and also Kuno by name, has no son, so his future son-in-law Max is to take over the forester's house. The day of the test shot, on which Max is also to be married with his Agathe, is approaching, but Max, otherwise one of the best shooters, has been missing every target for days.

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Max also fails miserably when shooting stars and is mocked by the farmers. Kuno warns him seriously: If the test shot fails, he will not marry Agathe and will not be able to take over the ranger. The hunter fellow Kaspar offers him his help: he shows him that there are balls that never fail and tells how to get them. Max gets involved in casting free balls with Kaspar in the Wolfsschlucht at midnight.

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The possibility that Max might fail the test shot deeply worries Agathe. To seek comfort, she sought out a pious man who lives in a hermitage in the area. The hermit warned her of a great danger and gave her a bouquet of white roses. Her friend Ännchen tries unsuccessfully to dispel Agathe's dark premonitions. Agathe is only a little relieved when Max tells him that his hunting luck has apparently returned. But it seems changed. On the pretext of having to fetch a hunted deer from the forest, he quickly says goodbye to set off into the Wolfsschlucht. Agathe and Ännchen try in vain to stop him. In the Wolfsschlucht, Kaspar calls in the devilish hunter Samiel, to whom he has fallen in love. He offers to drive Max into the net as a new victim if Samiel extends his lifespan again. Samiel responds to the pact, and Kaspar summons him to direct the last bullet, the target of which Samiel himself, to Agathe. Max overcomes his horror and descends into the Wolfsschlucht. Accompanied by horrifying phenomena, Max pours seven free balls under Kaspar's guidance.

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Agathe had a nightmare that seems to confirm her gloomy suspicions: she saw herself as a white dove that Max had killed. Ännchen tries to drive away Agathes fear with a grotesque ghost story. Their efforts are finally nullified when there is a death's crown in the box for the maiden wreath. Agathe asks Äännchen to wreath her a wreath from the hermit's white roses. Meanwhile, Prince Ottokar is enthusiastic about Max ’marksmanship. Max, who only has one bullet left, asks Kaspar the last one, but he refuses and shoots himself so that Max remains only the bullet directed by Samiel. The prince assigns him a white dove as a target, Max, who suspects nothing good, pulls the trigger and Agathe and Kaspar fall to the ground. But Agathe passed out, the bullet hit Kaspar, who died with a curse on God and Satan. Max admits that he cast free balls with Kaspar and is expelled by the prince of the country. The hermit intervenes and demands a humane judgment: Max should prove himself as a capable hunter and respectable man for another year and then be allowed to marry Agathe. The trial shot will be abolished.

Venue Info

Semperoper Dresden - Dresden
Location   Theaterplatz 2

Not only one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the Semperoper is renowned both in Germany and abroad for the brilliant star-studded performances by Saxon State Opera as well as numerous international guest artists.

This is the home of the Staatskapelle Dresden, an orchestra which looks back on 460 years of uninterrupted music-making. The State Opera Chorus was founded by Carl Maria von Weber in 1817. Operatic history has been written here, with the Semperoper playing host to numerous important premieres, such as Richard Wagner’s "Rienzi", "Der fliegende Holländer" and "Tannhäuser". There is also an indissoluble link to Richard Strauss, nine of whose 15 operas were premiered in Dresden, including "Salome", "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Elektra". The small venue Semper Zwei provides space for diverse forms of music theatre as well as theatrical experiments, and is also the venue for performances of Semperoper Junge Szene.

The magnificent Semperoper dominates the Theaterplatz be-side the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building opened its doors in 1841, constructed to a design by Gottfried Semper which combined a late Classical style with Renaissance elements. Following a devastating fire in 1869, the citizens of Dresden immediately set about rebuilding their beloved opera house. This was completed in 1878, also to a design by Semper. In 1945, during the final months of World War II, the Semperoper was once again razed to the ground.

After a second reconstruction was successfully completed in 1985, the reopening of one of Europe’s most beautiful opera houses was celebrated with a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s "Freischütz".
The dazzling interiors were painstakingly reconstructed by local craftsmen and artists according to original plans, with state-of-the art stage machinery and technical fittings in the auditorium. A modern annex was added to house the administrative offices and rehearsal rooms. Internationally renowned for its brilliant acoustics and incomparable performances, audiences from around the world continue to flock here to enjoy unforgettable experiences at the Semperoper Dresden.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Dresden, Germany
Starts at: 19:00
Acts: 3
Intervals: 1
Duration: 2h 45min
Sung in: German
Titles in: German,English
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