Dutch National Opera Announces Conductor Change for ‘Der Freischütz’

By Francisco Salazar

The Dutch National Opera has announced a conductor change for its production of “Der Freischütz.”

The company said, “To our regret we have to inform you that due to medical reasons maestro Riccardo Minasi had to withdraw from all engagements in May and June 2022, including our new production of ‘Der Freischütz.’ Together with our colleagues from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra we are very sorry about this news. We wish Riccardo a prompt recovery and hope to be able to welcome him back to Amsterdam soon.”

As a result, Austrian conductor Patrick Hahn will conduct the production. It will be the conductor’s debut with the opera house. The new production will not use the opera’s original dialogues with director Kirill Serebrennikov helming the production. The Russian director has written a new play around Weber’s composition, in which also music from Tom Waits’ “The Black Rider” will be incorporated.

Hahn is currently in his first season as General Music Director of the Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester and is the Principal Guest Conductor with Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic. He has led the Wiener Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, DSO Berlin and London Philharmonic.

The new production will star Johanni van Oostrum (Agathe), Ying Fang (Ännchen), Benjamin Bruns (Max) and Günther Groissböck (Kaspar/ein Eremit) and will be presented from June 3 to 25, 2022.