Opera in 3 Acts by Carl Maria von Weber
2, 4, 5/11 (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday);8:00pm
Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium
Tickets: MOP 500, 400, 300, 200
Composer: Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Libretto: Friedrich Kind
Conductor: Lü Jia
Director: Dieter Kaegi
Rehearsal Pianist: Lorne Richstone
Assistant Director: Gerald Stollwitzer
Set and Costume Designer: William Orlandi
Lighting Designer: Roberto Venturi
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Chorus
Ottokar, Duke of Bohemia: Marcin Bronikowski, Baritone
Kuno, head gamekeeper: Matthew Burns, Bass
Agathe, the daughter of Kuno: Melanie Diener, Soprano
Ännchen, a young cousin of Agathe: Erica Miller, Soprano
Caspar, a gamekeeper: Kurt Rydl, Bass
Max, a gamekeeper: Clemens Bieber, Tenor
A hermit: Julien Robbins, Bass
Kilian, a wealthy peasant: Karl-Michael Ebner, Tenor
Samiel, the ‘Black Huntsman’: Thomas Mathys, Actor
The 25th MIMF closes with one of the great milestones in the history of opera: Der Freischütz. The resounding success of the 1821 premiere of Carl Maria von Weber’s masterwork practically guaranteed its status as a manifesto for German Romantic opera, one that would become a significant formative influence on Richard Wagner. The story of a forest gamekeeper who makes a deal with the dark side to win a shooting contest and the hand of his beloved, Der Freischütz broke new ground with its potent mixture of supernatural elements, dreams, folk melodies, evocations of nature and symphonic tone painting.
With its beloved overture, “Huntsmen’s Chorus” and the famously eerie Wolf’s Glen scene, Der Freischütz is an unforgettable piece of musical theatre and an operatic event not to be missed!
With surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English.
Duration: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval.