Tag Archive: Romantic

  1. A backdrop from inspiration to completion.

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    I was listening to Gerard Gauci, our Resident Set Designer, speaking the other day, and I’m so excited to share with you some of his details on how a set design goes from an idea in his mind to the final pieces you see on our stage!

    This production is all about nature – much of Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is set in a German forest – and so is the set design. What we see is culture broken and nature taking over. The Romantic period is about a newfound doubt in society and civility, and a fascination with the … Read more

  2. All Hallows’ Eve

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    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 at the box office right up until curtain, … Read more

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

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    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 its nightmarish Wolf’s Glen scene is considered the most successful evocation of the macabre … Read more

  4. Dress Rehearsal!

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    Even before we began last night’s dress rehearsal for Der Freischütz (The Marksman), I had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu – not because we had ever before produced Weber, rather because the almost unbearable nerves and excitement were reminiscent of those I had experienced prior to Opera Atelier’s first production of The Magic Flute in 1991.

    Every production is a risk, but every now and then a show appears which breaks new ground and challenges all of us in ways we could never have dreamed possible. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is one of those shows, and last night … Read more

  5. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) Costume Design Notes

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    This is one of those operas the aficionados all know, but have seldom, if ever, seen. It is the beginning of something new. Leaving the Baroque behind it marks the beginning of German language Romantic opera; full of supernatural happenings and the conflict between good and evil; often with strangely religious connotations.

    How to costume this? The initial production, in 1843, was set at the end of the Thirty Years War. This meant oceans of lace, padded breeches, velvet, gold braid, etc. This picture seems to conflict with the new Romantic Movement, the libretto and even the music. How to Read more