The Marksman (Der Freischütz)
Andreas Schager, Alan Held © ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Corporation / Michael Pöhn
Only few operas were subject to such frequent paradigm shifts in their reception history as Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz (The Marksman). Sometimes the eerie aspects, other times fate or even nature are considered as central elements of the opera’s plot. Also the reception of the composer was ambivalent, as he was regarded both as the creator of the "natural folk-tone" and as the "most German" of all composers, as well as a successor to the French revolutionary opera.