Weber: Der Freischütz **
Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, 27th May 2015
“A fearsome forest gorge, thickly wooded; two thunderstorms are approaching… a blasted oak, its rotting core gives off a ghostly light.” If that stage description chills, so does the music for the Wolf’s Glen scene in Der Freischütz. Any director taking on Weber’s opera faces challenges. Stage the opera traditionally, it risks coming across as folksy nonsense. Put a modern twist on it, it can just look ridiculous. Sándor Zsóter’s production for the Hungarian State Opera takes risks, with very mixed results.
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