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FULL Der Freischütz vom Thüringer Wald Documentary Germany 2018

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  • Published by: mdr  
  • TV Director: Heidi Mühlenberg  
  • Date Published: 2018  
  • Format: Broadcast
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

The opera “Der Freischütz” was the most beautiful and fairytale-like of all operas, the critics cheered when Carl-Maria von Weber (born November 18th or 19th, 1786 – June 5th, 1826) premiered it on June 18th, 1821 in the Royal Schauspielhaus Berlin. In addition to the music, the work shined with its gripping story, which takes place deep in the Bohemian Forest. But in reality the legendary Wolfsschlucht was in Thuringia, more precisely in the Hainichwald, where the legend of the Freischütz (“Elbel”) has been circulating since the Thirty Years’ War. The presenter Janine Strahl-Oesterreich wants to prove this on her forays through forests and fields, through armories and archives in Central Germany.
In the end it is clear: It was not only the Hainich Forest that was the inspiration for the “Freischütz”, but also the hunting weapons from Suhl, the Düben Heath in Saxony and a young Leipzig councilor who secretly wrote ghost stories.

Libretto: Friedrich Kind (*March 4, 1768 – June 24, 1843)
based on “Der Freischütz” from Volume 1, Ghost Book (1810) by Johann August Apel (*September 17, 1771 – August 9, 1816)

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