Der Freischütz is a German opera, with spoken dialogue, in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), with a libretto by Friedrich Kind (1768-1843). (Op. 77, J. 277).
The original text
Based on a story in the Gespensterbuch [Book of Ghosts] by August Apel and Friedrich Laun (Berlin, 1810) First performed on 18 June 1821 at the Schauspielhaus Berlin.
Translations and adaptations
Der Freischütz, or The Seventh Bullet
An English translation by "Livius" (possibly W. McGregor Logan), entitled Der Freischütz, or The Seventh Bullet, was first performed at the English Opera House (Lyceum), under the direction of William Hawes on 22 July 1824. Published by Thomas Dolby in 1825 and John Cumberland in 1826.
Performance history in South Africa
1831: Performed in English under the title Der Freischütz, or The Seventh Bullet by All the World's a Stage under the management of Mr Booth in the African Theatre 29 October, 1831. As afterpiece they had Animal Magnetism, or A Cure for the Hydrophobia (Inchbald). According to Jill Fletcher (1994), this production of Weber's work marked the first indigenous production of an opera in the true sense.
Opera in London: Views of the Press, 1785-1830 by Theodore Fenner
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