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WEBER: Freischutz (Der) (Hamburg State Opera studio production, 1968) (NTSC)



WEBER: Freischutz (Der) (Hamburg State Opera studio production, 1968) (NTSC)

DVD Clip

Carl Maria Von Weber

Studio Production from the Hamburg State Opera, 1968
Sung in German

Max: Ernst Kozub
Gottlob Frick
Franz Grundheber
Toni Blankenheim
Arlene Saunders
Edith Mathis
Prince Ottokar:
Tom Krause
A Hermit:
Hans Sotin
Bernhard Minetti

Ballet and Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera
The Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
Leopold Ludwig
, conductor

Gyula Trebitsch, director
(arranged for TV by Joachim Hess)


Picture format: NTSC 4:3 (Colour)
Sound format: Dolby Digital Mono
Region code: 0
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 123 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)


  • In June and July 1967 the Hamburg opera ensemble toured North America, with visits to the World Exposition in Montreal (Canada) and New York. In addition to six modern works (including Jenůfa and Mathis der Maler) the programme also featured Der Freischütz, which according to Liebermann "was virtually unknown in the United States." In order to avoid any "stylistic hiatus" with the modern operas, the company decided to perform a concert version of Weber's work. The tour concept was an enormous success, with tickets being traded at black market prices.

  • In August 1967 the company made the first of 13 recordings for television. Commissioned by NDR, the film and TV company Polyphon made use of original productions from Hamburg State Opera. Director Joachim Hess (opera director at Hamburg State Opera from 1967 to 1972) adapted the stage versions to the requirements of television. Made in January/February 1968, Der Freischütz was the third of the films to be released.

  • Rolf Liebermann saw one undeniable benefit in making film versions of opera – despite his fears of giving music lovers a reason not to visit his own theatre: "It is an important and curious sociological experience to reach several million viewers in one go, as opposed to two or three hundred thousand over a period of several years. […] For many people their first contact with the world opera is through the television."


Weber, Carl Maria von

Kind, Johann Friedrich

Ludwig, Leopold

Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra

Hamburg State Opera Ballet

Hamburg State Opera Chorus

Blankenheim, Toni; Frick, Gottlob; Grundheber, Franz; Kozub, Ernst; Krause, Tom; Mathis, Edith; Minetti, Bernhard; Saunders, Arlene; Sotin, Hans

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 101271

Barcode: 807280127195

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Physical Release: 01/2007

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