Der Freischütz

Carl Maria von Weber

A romantic opera in three acts (1821)
Libretto by Friedrich Kind based on August Apel’s story of the same name (1810);
dialogue version by Jan Dvořák after a concept by Philipp Stölzl
Sung in German


17 July 2024 - 9.15 p.m., Seebühne


2 hours (no intermission)

Performances & Tickets

Shows 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 July - 9.15 p.m.
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 August - 9.00 p.m.

An uninviting village in Germany shortly after the Thirty Years’ War: The young clerk Max loves Agathe, the daughter of the head ranger Kuno. But in order to marry her, the inexperienced marksman Max must participate in an archaic tradition and score in a shooting trial – an unfulfillable challenge for him.

The dubious war veteran Kaspar knows this. He convinces the clerk to meet him at Wolf’s Glen at midnight to forge »free bullets« that never miss their target. Max, who does not see any other way out of his unfortunate situation, sells his soul to the devil. What he does not know, though, is that while six of the cursed bullets will hit their target, the seventh is in the devil’s hands. In the meantime, his fiancé Agathe tries to find sleep in this stormy night. On the morning of their wedding day, she is overtaken by a deep sense of foreboding. Even her best friend Ännchen cannot cheer her up. When the shooting trial finally begins, Max is on his seventh bullet. He brings the gun to his shoulder, aims and pulls the trigger …

»Bull’s eye«, Carl Maria von Weber triumphantly wrote to his librettist Friedrich Kind following the enthusiastically received world premiere of Der Freischütz in 1821 in Berlin. With its emotional and gripping music, it soon became the epitome of the German Romantic opera. As one of the most popular operas in the German speaking world, Der Freischütz is now staged on the Seebühne for the first time with director and stage designer Philipp Stölzl and Conductor in Residence Enrique Mazzola. The two team up again in Bregenz following the phenomenal success of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto

Ottokar Liviu Holender, Johannes Kammler
Kuno Franz Hawlata, Raimund Nolte
Agathe Vera-Lotte Boecker, Nikola HillebrandElissa Huber
Ännchen Hanna Herfurtner, Gloria Rehm, Katharina Ruckgaber
Kaspar Christof Fischesser, David Steffens, Oliver Zwarg
Max Thomas Blondelle, Attilio GlaserMauro Peter
Samiel Moritz von Treuenfels, Niklas Wetzel
A Hermit Frederic Jost, Andreas Wolf
Kilian Maximilian Krummen, Philippe Spiegel

Musical Director Enrique Mazzola, Erina Yashima
Stage Director | Stage Designer Philipp Stölzl
 Costume Designer Gesine Völlm
Lighting Design Philipp Stölzl, Florian Schmitt
Stunt and Movement Director Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie
Stage Support Franziska Harm
Choir Director Lukáš Vasilek, Benjamin Lack
Sound Director Alwin Bösch, Clemens Wannemacher
Dramaturge Olaf A. Schmitt

Wired Aerial Theatre | Bregenzer Festspiele Extras
Bregenzer Festspiele Choir | Prague Philharmonic Choir
Wiener Symphoniker

  • Prices

    Prices (sunday to thursday)

    1. Category: EUR 165* | 2. Category: EUR 150* | 3. Category: EUR 125 | 4. Category: EUR 95 | 5. Category: EUR 70 | ​6. Category: EUR 55 | 7. Category: EUR 30
    Festspiel-Lounge: EUR 415* | Premium Ticket: EUR 305* | Category 1plus* 180

    prices (friday)

    1. Category: EUR 178* | 2. Category: EUR 163* | 3. Category: EUR 138 | 4. Category: EUR 108 | 5. Category: EUR 83 | ​6. Category: EUR 68 | 7. Category: EUR 43
    Festspiel-Lounge: EUR 428* | Premium Ticket: EUR 318* | Category 1plus* 193

    prices (saturday)

    1. Category: EUR 191* | 2. Category: EUR 176* | 3. Category: EUR 151 | 4. Category: EUR 121 | 5. Category: EUR 96 | ​6. Category: EUR 83 | 7. Category: EUR 56
    Festspiel-Lounge: EUR 441* | Premium Ticket: EUR 331* | Category 1plus* 206

    * valid for the outdoor + indoor performance / non-refundable 


    Bregenz Festival policy is to proceed with open-air performances even if the weather looks inclement. Please note, that performances will go ahead outside even if it rains lightly. Therefore, we recommend visitors to bring waterproof clothing, but not umbrellas, because they obscure the view. There is no intermission during the performance on the Seebühne.

    Tickets in category 1plus, 1, 2 and festival lounge and premium tickets saying "gültig für See + Festspielhaus / keine Rückerstattung" are valid for the semi-staged version in the Festspielhaus | Großer Saal if the performance on the Seebühne is cancelled or plays for less than 90 minutes. The tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled and move to the Festspielhaus | Großer Saal, Category 1 seats are located in the stalls, Category 2 seats in the circle. Seats that are next to each other on the Seebühne may not be next to each other in the Festspielhaus | Großer Saal because of the different seating plans.

    Tickets in categories 3 to 7 saying "gültig nur für die Seebühne" are valid only for the Seebühne. If the performance is cancelled or plays for less than 60 minutes, ticket holders may request a refund of the tickets or alternatively exchange the tickets for a later date (subject to availability).