Tag Archive: Der Freischtüz

  1. Farewell to The Marksman!

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    Well, it’s hard to believe that Der Freischütz (The Marksman) has actually closed. After so many months of intense preparation and rehearsal, it’s hard not to feel that life has screeched to a halt. Thank goodness the memories of this production are so positive and thrilling. Nothing could have prepared us for the direction it took all of us as artists, nor for the overwhelmingly positive response from our audience and critics.

    Our first foray into the 19th century surpassed all of our expectations and our audience and performers are clamouring for more. Our hearts will certainly always remain in … Read more

  2. All Hallows’ Eve

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    Vasil Garvaliev as Kaspar. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

    Our fourth of six performances of Der Freischütz (The Marksman)  is tonight, and we are especially excited to be producing this Gothic opera over Halloween! Rooted in long-standing Germanic folklore, this dark tale centers around a desperate man, a distraught woman, and a deal with the Devil for seven magic bullets (and if you’ve ever read some of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you know how dark German foklore can get!).

    So if you’re looking for a scare this evening, join us at the Elgin Theatre at 7:30pm! Tickets are available … Read more

  3. The Wise Hermit and the moral of Der Freischütz (The Marksman)

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    At the end of Der Freischütz (The Marksman), the Wise Hermit – the captivating Bass Gustav Andreassen – appears as a Deus Ex Machina and denounces the trial of marksmanship, while urging forgiveness for Max. Prince Ottokar and the villagers embrace the Hermit’s message of clemency and welcome the dawn of a new age. In a quick moment, I was able to have Gustav discuss what he thought of the folktale, and the maxim his character hands down to the village.


    Watch Gustav the Wise Hermit here!



    Thank you to Gord Adams of Adams Design Limited Read more

  4. Opening Night and Reviews

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    Our production of Der Freischütz (The Marksman) enjoyed a triumphant opening on Saturday night – hurricane or no hurricane!
    We are delighted at the audience and critical response, and wanted to share it with you as soon as possible! Please read on for more.
    We’re thrilled that Der Freischütz (The Marksman) was the feature story on the cover of the Toronto Star’s Entertainment section this Saturday! Click here to see the paper, and read the spooky story!


    Photo of Samiel (Curtis Sullivan) and Max (Kresimir Spicer) in the Wolf's Glen by Bruce Zinger.

    Toronto Star Review: 4/4 stars!
    “breathtakingly … Read more

  5. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) Set Design by Gerard Gauci

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    Gerard Gauci's backdrop from the thrilling Wolf's Glen scene in Der Freischütz (The Marksman)!


    Before I started working on Der Freischütz, the word “Phantasmagoria” meant little to me. If asked, I might have guessed that it was the title of a cheezy Vincent Price horror flick from the 1950’s or perhaps a modern-day Tim Burton fantasy-fest. Little did I realize its meaning held the solution to the problem of creating a convincing “period production” of an opera featuring apparitions, hallucinations and encounters with the Devil.

    Weber’s opera is famous not only as the first true Romantic opera, but … Read more