Der Freischütz (The Magic Marksman)

Der Freischutz


Norfolk, VA Fairfax, VA  Richmond, VA
January 27, 2017 February 4, 2017 February 17, 2017
January 29, 2017 February 5, 2017 February 19, 2017
January 31, 2017    

Come early for Opera UpClose! Held 45 minutes before every performance, this entertaining look "behind the scenes" will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the opera.
Led by Dr. Opera, himself - Dr. Glenn Winters - at the piano!

Der Freischütz (The Magic Marksman)

With one of the most haunting scores in all of opera, Weber, founder of German Romantic Opera and Wagnerian forefather, has created a compelling drama that twists reality with supernatural powers and phenomena. A forester, ensnared by dark powers, seeks to ensure his win in a shooting contest. This eerie backdrop of mysterious places and gloomy forests, supporting a grim fairy tale from a bygone age, has never been experienced on Virginia Opera stages! Corey Bix, most recently seen on Virginia Opera stages as Erik in The Flying Dutchman (2016), leads an acclaimed cast that includes soprano Kara Shay Thomson in her Virginia Opera debut, Virginia Opera favorites Katherine Polit and Jake Gardner, and features the famous and thrilling Huntsman’s Chorus! Evoking his signature intensity and captivating drama, internationally renowned director Stephen Lawless (Salome 2015) returns with a production of theatrical virtuosity. 

Sung in English with English Supertitles

Creative Team

Conductor: Adam Turner
Director: Stephen Lawless
Set Designer: Benoit Dugardyn
Costume Designer: Susan Willmington
Lighting Designer: Patricia Collins
Wig and Makeup Designer: Jim McGough


Prince Ottokar: Andrew Paulson ¤
Cuno: Kevin Langan
Max: Corey Bix
Caspar: Joseph Barron *
Kilian: Trevor Neal ¤
A Hermit: Jake Gardner
Samiel: Jake Gardner 
Agathe: Kara Shay Thomson * 
Ännchen:  Katherine Polit ±

* Virginia Opera debut
¤ 2016-2017 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist
± Former Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist