Sunday, January 15, 2012

Some things are eternal . . .

In feverish anticipation of the glittering premiere of Weber's masterpiece, the first truly romantic opera opening the twin floodgates for this genre in the hands of Wagner and Berlioz held this normally so placid spa in its grip for weeks.

The popularity of and love for this work largely contributed to a unique operatic tradition, in which the performance of Der Freisch├╝tz in every single one of the 80 opera houses in Germany formed the first introduction to opera for generations of opera lovers.

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