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date: 07 April 2020

Wildschütz, Der [Der Wildschütz, oder Die Stimme der Natur (‘The Poacher, or The Voice of Nature’)]locked

  • Clive Brown

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[Der Wildschütz, oder Die Stimme der Natur (‘The Poacher, or The Voice of Nature’)]

Komische Oper in three acts by Albert Lortzing to a libretto by the composer freely adapted from August von Kotzebue’s comedy Der Rehbock, oder Die schuldlosen Schuldbewussten; Leipzig, 31 December 1842.

The success of Lortzing’s Die beiden Schützen and Zar und Zimmermann was followed, between 1839 and 1841, by three less highly acclaimed operas, Caramo, oder Das Fischerstechen, Hans Sachs and Casanova; but with the production of Der Wildschütz in 1842 the composer once more enjoyed a theatrical triumph. The opera was quickly taken up by other German theatres and appeared in various translations abroad. It is still a standard work in the German repertory.

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