Opera of the week tonight – The most German of German operas – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc
Slippedisc courtesy of OperaVision is streaming Der Freischütz tonight.
Wagner said Carl Maria von Weber’s early Romantic gem was the most German of German operas. With touches of strange supernatural, Der Freischütz is an irresistible blend of colorful folklore, tender romance and a passionate struggle between good and evil – all captured in Weber’s melodious and dramatic score. Successful Russian theater, opera and film director Kirill Serebrennikov makes his debut in Amsterdam. In his approach to opera, the struggle for success is transposed from the world of hunters to that of artists. The German tenor Benjamin Bruns and the South African soprano Johanni van Oostrum form the young opera-loving couple with Patrick Hahn at the head of the distinguished Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The parcel: Max, a young hunter, must win a shooting contest to claim the hand of his beloved Agathe. But on the eve of the competition, having apparently lost all marksmanship prowess, Max is convinced by his rival Kaspar to make a pact with the devil to use seven magic bullets that never miss their target.
Available from Saturday June 25, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. CET / 6:30 p.m. London / 1:30 p.m. New York