Semi-internship / Brussels, Vienna, London - 2018/2019
Carl Maria von Weber
Souls sold to the devil, invocation of spirits, enchanted balls: such is the fantastic universe of the first German romantic opera composed by Carl Maria von Weber in 1821. A lyrical drama which owes much to Beethoven's Fidelio and announces Wagner's Tannhäuser. A musical gem for which the 14:20 Company, leader of the new magic movement, carves out a visual and sensory setting inviting the spectator to question his relationship to the invisible and the unconscious.
Staging and lights
Eremit and Samiel's voice
"Just a hop, skip and a Sprung down the Linke Wienzeile, the Theater an der Wien recently presented a semi-staged version by Olivier Fredj which was much more faithful to Johann Friedrich Kind's creepy folk-lore libretto. With limited set-structure, but utilizing period costumes and clever lighting, Anglo / French Fredj adroitly managed to capture the Satanic sorcery of the narrative with plenty of scary images plus hunting rifles which actually fired. "
Jonathan Sutherland, OPERAWIRE