3-25 June


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

Running time

2:30, incl. 1 intermission


From €28

Der Freischütz

Risky deal with the devil

The story of Der Freischütz, replete with demons, ghosts and other monsters, has Romanticism written all over it. But it is also about an ambitious young man who desires nothing but happiness with the beautiful noblewoman he loves. For this, he must struggle against a narrow-minded society that clings to existing rules and traditions. In a confrontation between old and new worlds, important questions are raised. Which traditions and customs will we hold on to? What do we want to change? And who will help us to do so?

Risky deal with the devil

Der Freischütz is Carl Maria von Weber’s most famous work. Besides romantic arias, magnificent songs and choruses, this opera includes gripping atmospheric music. It unites the tenderness and cruelty of nature with the stirrings of the human soul. And Weber’s expression of the dark powers in the Wolfschlucht scene sets the tone for a soundscape that filled even the greatest composers after him with envy.


Kirill Serebrennikov’s debut

With Der Freischütz, successful Russian theatre, opera and film director Kirill Serebrennikov makes his house debut. In his approach to the opera, the struggle for success has a prominent role—in both the world of hunters and that of artists.

German tenor Benjamin Bruns and South African soprano Johanni van Oostrum promise to deliver musically and scenically top-notch interpretations of Max and Agathe, the opera’s young amorous couple. The mesmerizing soprano Ying Fang (Susanna in last season’s Le nozze di Figaro) returns to DNO as the endearing Ännchen. In the pit, conductor Riccardo Minasi leads The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Minasi’s refreshing interpretation promises to bring out the best of the opera’s colourful score.

Performance information

Libretto  Friedrich Kind, after Der Freischütz by August Apel
Musical direction  Riccardo Minasi
Direction, set design and costumes  Kirill Serebrennikov
Associate costume designer  Tanya Dolmatovskaya
Lighting design  Franck Evin
Choreography  Evgenyi Kulagin

Agathe  Johanni van Oostrum
Ännchen  Ying Fang
Max  Benjamin Bruns
Samiel  Riccardo Minasi
Kilian  Michael Wilmering
Ein Eremit  ChanHee Cho

Orchestra  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Chorus  Chorus of Dutch National Opera

Opera in three acts (1821)

Sung in German

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Koninklijk Concertgebouw-orkest

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is counted among the world’s leading orchestras. It is known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility and works with leading composers and conductors. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky have conducted the orchestra more than once. Since its foundation in 1888, there have only been seven chief conductors: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti. Currently, the position is vacant. The RCO Academy is a trainee programme for young, talented orchestra musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will join us this season for Der Freischutz, conducted by Riccardo Minasi.

Photo: Simon van Boxtel

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