The CENTENARY CENTRE welcomes back The Narropera Trio (Dorothee Jansen, Floriane Peycelon and Haydn Rawstron) with Weber’s ‘The Devil’s Marksman’ (Der Freischütz).
This is the Trio’s 102nd narropera performance. Dorothee Jansen has sung at La Scala, Milan, and in the opera houses of Munich, Paris, Geneva, Bologna and Cologne among many other prestigious locations. Der Freischütz is a totally absorbing, gothic story of good and evil, with some of the most beautiful music ever written for an opera, music that is highly enjoyable even on a first hearing.
Der Freischütz was first performed in Berlin in 1821 and was an instant sensation. Within ten years, it had stormed Europe, performed in nine different languages. By 1850, it had been produced in Sydney, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro and in 1874 was first produced as far afield as New Zealand, in Wellington.
Carl Maria von Weber’s position in history is eternally guaranteed, as founder of German Romantic Opera. He was a first cousin of Mozart’s wife, and the wider Weber family was famously musical. Born in 1786, he died at the age of 40, in 1826, one year before Beethoven (56) and two years before Schubert (31). What the world missed out on, through the early deaths of these three composers, is unimaginable!