3-25 June 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
2:55, incl. 1 intermission
A risky deal with the devil
In a rehearsal room, a group of singers is working on Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz: an opera about an ambitious huntsman Max who must win a shooting contest in order to marry his beloved Agathe. Terrified that he will miss his shot, Max makes a pact with sinister forces. In this unique and unconventional production, director Kirill seeks parallels between Der Freischütz and the opera world, in which ambition, fear of failure and superstition feature just as prominently.
Friedrich Kind, after Der Freischütz by August Apel
New (English) dialogues by Kirill Serebrennikov and Arseniy Fariatiev
Musical direction Patrick Hahn
Direction and set design Kirill Serebrennikov
Co-direction and choreography Evgeny Kulagin
Costume designers Kirill Serebrennikov and Tanya Dolmatovskaya
Lighting design Franck Evin
Music dramaturgy Daniil Orlov
Video design Alan Mandelshtam
Fürst Ottokar + Kilian Michael Wilmering
Kuno James Platt
Agathe Johanni van Oostrum
Ännchen Ying Fang
Kaspar + Ein Eremit Günther Groissböck
Max Benjamin Bruns, Jussi Myllys (7 & 9 June)
Samiel Patrick Hahn
The Red One Odin Lund Biron
* Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Members and alumni of the Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest
Rehearsal Konrad Koselleck
Chorus Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Lionel Sow
Opera in three acts (1821)
Sung in German, spoken texts in English
Music from The Black Rider by Tom Waits
Just The Right Bullets
Flash Pan Hunter
I'll Shoot The Moon
With special thanks to Tom Waits,
Kathleen Brennan and Roger Dorresteijn
Holland Festival kicks off with eerily good 'Freischütz', in which nothing is what it was."
"Commissioned by De Nationale Opera (DNO), Serebrennikov knocked the dust out of Der Freischütz and then turned the entire work inside out. ... The result was three hours of masterly theatre, which was no longer about hitting the mark with magic devil bullets, but about the intimidating opera business itself.
At Dutch National Opera, Weber's Der Freischütz is not a hunting fairy tale but a merciless insight into the machinations of the opera business. Irreverent and infectious
“Although the theatrical magic was systematically ironised and unmasked, the singers of course had to sing for real. And they did a fantastic job.
“Melodious at times, but also infectiously spirited and admirably inventive.
Laughing shamelessly at what is actually a serious opera is so liberating
Serebrennikov does with Der Freischütz what no one has dared before: successfully mutilates the play."
"The Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has completely moulded the opera Der Freischütz to his liking. Partly due to the magnificent singers, this makes for an amusing evening.
Der Freischütz - Podcast
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Founded in 1888, the Concertgebouw Orchestra has consistently been rated among the world's best orchestras, and has always collaborated with the greatest composers, conductors and soloists. In addition to some eighty concerts performed at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, each year the orchestra gives concerts at other major concert halls throughout the world. The orchestra expands its reach through videos, streaming, radio and television broadcasts, and CD and DVD recordings on its own label. The Academy of the Concertgebouw Orchestra successfully moulds young, talented musicians into orchestral players. Every summer, Concertgebouworkest Young brings together hidden talent aged fourteen to seventeen from all over Europe. The Concertgebouw Orchestra fosters a long, highly treasured collaboration with Dutch National Opera. This season the orchestra will join us for Der Freischütz.
Photo: Simon van Boxtel
Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest
The Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest (NJJO) is composed once every two years of Dutch top talent, and consists of twenty starting professionals of no more than 25 years old. The orchestra offers young jazz musicians the opportunity to acquire a wealth of practical and substantive knowledge in a short period of time, and to link this to special stage experiences and collaborative projects. Composer, band leader and saxophonist Maarten Hogenhuis is the orchestra's artistic director and conductor in 2021 and 2022.