Vasil Garvaliev as Kaspar. Photo by Bruce Zinger.
by Shannon Christy
Conductor David Fallis provided a beautiful accompaniment throughout the work and his connection with individual performers as well as the chorus is clear throughout the performance.
The Marksman is a masterpiece by Carl Maria Von Weber and is considered amongst the earliest works of the Romantic period. The story takes place in a rural German town with a Marksman named Max (Krešimir Špicer) who is about to gain the hand of the girl he loves and become a head forester if he can only make a shot. Unfortunately, he has not hit anything for a very long time and has become the laughingstock of the locals. This sets Max on a path towards destruction and ill begotten oaths to the master of darkness, Samiel. His love, Agathe (Meghan Lindsay) is just as anxious and sure that DOOM lurks around every corner. However, great comedic relief comes from Agathe’s companion, Äanchen (Carla Huhtanen) who explains to the bride to be (Agathe) the techniques and benefits of flirting with younger men.