Armand German Opera: Der Freischütz

Event Information

Thalia Theater

Proprietor / Lessee:
Eduard Härting

Manager / Director:
Johann Armand [tenor, director]

Adolph Neuendorff

Price: $1 orchestra reserved; $1.50 balcony; $.75 first tier; $.60 balcony reserved; $.50 parquet; $.30 second tier; $10 private booth (for 6 people)

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Record Information


Last Updated:
7 October 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Der Freischutz; The Freeshooter; Freyschutz
Composer(s): Weber
Text Author: Kind
Participants:  Armand German Opera;  Sophie Dziuba (role: Henchen);  Wilhelm Formes (role: Ottokar);  Wilhelm Groschel [tenor and conductor] (role: Max);  Josef Chandon (role: Caspar);  O. Behrendorf (role: Samiel);  F. C. Urchs (role: Hermit);  Marie Frederici (role: Agatha)


Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 January 1867.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 08 January 1867.

Full cast list included.

Announcement: New York Post, 09 January 1867.
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 09 January 1867.

“The Germans at the Thalia Theater reappeared last evening in Der Freischutz, a work rich with the natural strength of a master who knew the secret springs of music, and a romance of music which is genuine as it is inimitable, and therefore not to be omitted from a German repertoire. Of course it was sung with familiar spirit, and satisfied the love of Fatherland which keeps time to the Hunter’s Chorus. Der Freischutz is certainly full enough of hobgoblins and mysticism, of demon-hunters and magic bullet-makers, without the exploding pyrotechnic display of the catastrophe. Musical fireworks may be in order, but the supernatural blazes and scintillations in Der Freischutz have never seemed to us necessary to the fame or the music of Weber, if they do serve a purpose in capturing the ears of Young Germany on holiday nights by storming its eyes.”