31 January — 5, 14 February, 2015.
13 March, 2015.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Alexander Theatre, Monash University
3 hours, with one 20 minute interval.
Composer: Carl Maria Von Weber
Conductor: David Kram, Greg Hocking.
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Starring: Jason Wasely, Sally Wilson, Andrea Creighton, Steven Gallop, Roger Howell.
Melbourne Opera presents a new production of Weber’s Romantic masterpiece, the powerful Der Freischutz-The Marksman, not seen in Melbourne since 1969! A strong depiction of sinister forces at work in the life of rural Germany containing much memorable music including the famous Overture, the Huntsman’s Chorus, and the soprano and tenor arias.
Melbourne Opera has assembled a superb international cast led by Jason Wasley, Steven Gallop, Sally Wilson and Andrea Creighton, combined with the acclaimed Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a setting drawing on German Expressionism of the early 20th Century.
Der Freischutz/The Marksman continues Melbourne Opera’s commitment to perform less frequently seen German masterpieces, building on the company’s successful performances of Fidelio and Rienzi over the last 2 years.
Read Suzanne Chaundy’s directorial notes for further context, history, and the challenges of bringing this glorious production to life.
Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers.
Press & Reviews
“David Kram conducted an idiomatic performance, sung in English, with a fine orchestra and chorus.“
— The Australian.
“WITH a brave staging of Carl Maria von Weber’s influential Romantic opera of 1821, Melbourne Opera has nudged into new territory and notched up one of its greatest successes with this new production “
— Herald Sun.
I look forward to seeing more novelties from this exciting company. This was a most enjoyable night at the opera.
— Rob Holdsworth, Australian Book Review.