Insula Orchestra – Accentus choir – Laurence Equilbey conductor – Johanni van Oostrum Agathe – Tuomas Katajala Max – Chiara Skerath Annchen – Steven Humes Kaspar – Samuel Hasselhorn Ottokar – Ana Seguin Kilian – Franck Markowitsch choir leader
Der Freischütz, op. 77 Carl Maria von Weber
The 1821 premiere of Carl Maria von Weber’s Freischütz (“The Marksman”) was an unprecedented musical event in Germany. For the first time ever, a German composer had created a real national romantic opera, drawing on his homeland’s poetic and musical folklore. The opera tells the story of a hunter who sells his soul to the devil, or the struggle between good and evil, between darkness and light. Der Freischütz thus heralded a new German operatic tradition, which would reveal its full potential a few years later, when Richard Wagner broke onto the scene.