OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is the story of Max, a young man who must pass a test of marksmanship in order to win his love’s hand and claim his position in the community.
Frustrated at practice, Max enters into a deal with the devil for seven magic bullets: six will unerringly hit their intended mark, and the final one is at the command of the devil. The bullets are forged at midnight under the watchful eye of Samiel, the satanic huntsman. At the contest the following day, the seventh bullet becomes a catalyst for unimagined horrors.
With its emotional intensity, integration of German folk legend, and depiction of nature as both sublime and untamable, Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is a quintessential work of the Romantic era.
Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is a powerful vehicle for Croatian tenor Krešimir Špicer (who played the title roles in OA’s productions of Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito) as the title marksman Max. He is joined by baritone Vasil Garvanliev as the villain Kaspar, soprano Meghan Lindsay as the heroine Agathe, soprano Carla Huhtanen as her companion Äanchen, baritone Curtis Sullivan as the satanic huntsman Samiel, bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre as head forester Kuno, baritone Michael Nyby double-cast as the peasant Killian and Prince Ottokar, and bass Gustav Andreassen as the wise hermit. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) will feature the full corps of the Artists of Atelier Ballet. The creative teamincludes director Marshall Pynkoski, choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, set designer Gerard Gauci, costume designer Martha Mann, and lighting designer Bonnie Beecher. Music Director David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra.
Audience Advisory: This performance contains strobe lighting, theatrical fog, and simulated gunshots.
Conductor David Fallis
Director Marshall Pynkoski
Choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg
Set Designer Gerard Gauci
Costume Designer Martha Mann
Lighting Designer Bonnie Beecher
Sung in German with English surtitles.
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 3:00 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 7:30 PM
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 7:30 PM
All performances take place at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street.