By Carl Maria von Weber
Director: Kasper Holten
Conductor: Dirk Kaftan
Scenography: Es Devlin
Costume design: Anja Vang Kragh
Choreographer: Signe Fabricius
Set designs: Bruno Poet
Video design: Luke Halls
Kasper Holten, artistic director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, returns to his old stomping grounds at the Royal Danish Theatre to direct the German national opera treasure Der Freischütz.
Der Freischütz is a romantic masterpiece by Carl Maria von Weber, based on a legend from German folklore set in the depth of the dark, German forests and telling the story of evil, love and the workings of Fate: In order to marry his beloved Agathe, Max sells his soul for seven magic bullets. What Max does not know is that he can only control six of the bullets – the seventh is in the hands of Fate.
In Kasper Holten’s production the old legend is turned into a heart-breaking story of the impact of war on those who return from the fighting with wounded souls – and what happens when Fate steps into our lives and lets us face the ultimate challenge.
The opera is conducted by German conductor Dirk Kaftan, chief conductor of Oper Graz. On stage the Royal Danish Theatre’s opera soloists are joined by guests including world tenor Michael Schade for his debut at the Royal Danish Theatre.
Der Freischütz is performed in German with Danish supertitles. Der Freischütz is a coproduction with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.