Der Freischutz

Vienna State Opera Tickets
Vienna, Austria
Wiener Staatsoper
Mon 25 June 19:00
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Cast
Conductor Tomáš Netopil
Director Christian Rath
Design Gary McCann
video Nina Dunn
Lighting Mark McCullough
~
Agathe Camilla Nylund
Ännchen Daniela Fally
Kaspar Alan Held
Max Andreas Schager
Synopsis
ACT ONE
A village in Bohemian Germany
Killian, a peasant, has just defeated Max, a forester, in the Shooting Competition. Max is humiliated as he should have won due to his profession. The villagers taunt him. Cuno, the Chief Forester is particularly concerned as there is a shooting contest the next day to win the hand of his daughter Agathe. In an expressive trio Max expresses his concern. His rival for Agathe is a hunter, Caspar. Caspar has sold his soul to the devil, (known as Samiel): he offers to help Max with a magic bullet to be cast in the supernatural Wolf's Glen at midnight. Caspar demonstrates his power by enabling Max (with the aid of a drug) to shoot an eagle circling high out of range. Astonished, Max agrees and Caspar concludes the act with a thrilling aria of revenge and triumph, for Caspar hopes to trade Max's soul for his own.
ACT TWO
The Forester's House
Agathe and her young relative Annchen are at home. Agathe has visited a hermit who has warned her of an unnamed danger and given her a gift of white roses. A picture of an ancestor falls from the wall, injuring her. Agathe is worried but sings of her love for Max. She hopes he will bring some evidence of his skill as a marksman. When he arrives, the girls are shocked by his killing of the eagle. He then announces he must go to the Wolf's Glen to collect a deer he has shot. The girls warn him in vain of the danger of the place.
ACT THREE
Scene 1: The Wolf's Glen at Midnight
Assisted by Max, and with the supernatural presence of Samiel, Caspar casts the bullets, culminating with the vital seventh magic bullet. Around them swirl spirits and an infernal hunt, and Max receives warnings from two powerful apparitions - one of his dead mother, the other his fiancé Agathe.
Scene 2: The Forester's House
Agathe has had an unsettling dream in which she sees herself transformed into a white dove. To cheer her up, Annchen sings an amusing little song and then the bridesmaids arrive to attire Agathe for the big day and wind the bridal garland. All are shocked when the box containing the garland is opened to reveal a funeral wreath. Agathe is distraught but courageously has the white roses given to her by the hermit woven into a new garland.
Scene 3: The Shooting Competition
The competition opens with the spirited and famous Hunter's Chorus. Prince Ottakar announces the trial, and Max ,who has only the magic seventh bullet left, is ordered by the Prince to shoot a white dove. Agathe rushes in to prevent him but it is too late - he has fired! Agathe and Caspar fall to the ground, but Agathe has only fainted. Caspar has been killed by the seventh bullet - it is Samiel taking his tribute. There is general uproar, Max confesses his misdeeds and the Prince banishes him. However, the hermit intervenes, the trial shot is banned henceforth, and Max is allowed to marry Agathe. General rejoicing concludes this magnificent and influential work.
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  • Cast

    Conductor Tomáš Netopil
    Director Christian Rath
    Design Gary McCann
    video Nina Dunn
    Lighting Mark McCullough
    ~
    Agathe Camilla Nylund
    Ännchen Daniela Fally
    Kaspar Alan Held
    Max Andreas Schager

  • Synopsis

    ACT ONE

    A village in Bohemian Germany
    Killian, a peasant, has just defeated Max, a forester, in the Shooting Competition. Max is humiliated as he should have won due to his profession. The villagers taunt him. Cuno, the Chief Forester is particularly concerned as there is a shooting contest the next day to win the hand of his daughter Agathe. In an expressive trio Max expresses his concern. His rival for Agathe is a hunter, Caspar. Caspar has sold his soul to the devil, (known as Samiel): he offers to help Max with a magic bullet to be cast in the supernatural Wolf's Glen at midnight. Caspar demonstrates his power by enabling Max (with the aid of a drug) to shoot an eagle circling high out of range. Astonished, Max agrees and Caspar concludes the act with a thrilling aria of revenge and triumph, for Caspar hopes to trade Max's soul for his own.
    ACT TWO
    The Forester's House
    Agathe and her young relative Annchen are at home. Agathe has visited a hermit who has warned her of an unnamed danger and given her a gift of white roses. A picture of an ancestor falls from the wall, injuring her. Agathe is worried but sings of her love for Max. She hopes he will bring some evidence of his skill as a marksman. When he arrives, the girls are shocked by his killing of the eagle. He then announces he must go to the Wolf's Glen to collect a deer he has shot. The girls warn him in vain of the danger of the place.
    ACT THREE
    Scene 1: The Wolf's Glen at Midnight
    Assisted by Max, and with the supernatural presence of Samiel, Caspar casts the bullets, culminating with the vital seventh magic bullet. Around them swirl spirits and an infernal hunt, and Max receives warnings from two powerful apparitions - one of his dead mother, the other his fiancé Agathe.
    Scene 2: The Forester's House
    Agathe has had an unsettling dream in which she sees herself transformed into a white dove. To cheer her up, Annchen sings an amusing little song and then the bridesmaids arrive to attire Agathe for the big day and wind the bridal garland. All are shocked when the box containing the garland is opened to reveal a funeral wreath. Agathe is distraught but courageously has the white roses given to her by the hermit woven into a new garland.
    Scene 3: The Shooting Competition
    The competition opens with the spirited and famous Hunter's Chorus. Prince Ottakar announces the trial, and Max ,who has only the magic seventh bullet left, is ordered by the Prince to shoot a white dove. Agathe rushes in to prevent him but it is too late - he has fired! Agathe and Caspar fall to the ground, but Agathe has only fainted. Caspar has been killed by the seventh bullet - it is Samiel taking his tribute. There is general uproar, Max confesses his misdeeds and the Prince banishes him. However, the hermit intervenes, the trial shot is banned henceforth, and Max is allowed to marry Agathe. General rejoicing concludes this magnificent and influential work.

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