By Carl Maria von Weber
Conceived, adapted and directed by Louisa Proske
Newly arranged and music directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English dialogues by Michaël Attias and Louisa Proske

Heartbeat Opera presents a radical, immersive re-imagining of this twisted German fairy tale about a deal with the Devil and seven magic bullets that cannot miss their target. Featuring a stellar young cast of singers and Heartbeat’s distinctive “ingenious rearrangement” (Wall Street Journal) of the score, Weber’s iconic Romantic opera becomes an exuberant and distinctly American fable about performance anxiety, gun culture, the crisis of masculinity, a returning Vet, and the nature of evil.


Baruch Performing Arts Center
The Rose Nagelberg Theatre
55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

December 4 - 15, 2019


Meet the TEAM




Louisa Proske directs opera, classical theatre, and new plays with equal passion and is the proud Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera. Productions in opera include Agrippina (Lincoln Center debut), Così fan tutte (LoftOpera), Lucia di Lammermoor, Daphnis & Chloé (Heartbeat Opera), Falstaff (Dell’Arte Opera), Gianni Schicchi, Riders to the Sea, La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera); Invisible Cities (world premiere, Italian Academy New York). Theatre includes peerless (nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction) and Engagements (Barrington Stage Company), One Day When We Were Young (Assembly, Edinburgh), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Tank), Cymbeline and As You Like It  (Yale Drama), and Macbeth (European tour). Louisa has assisted such prominent opera directors as Willy Decker, Harry Kupfer and Robert Woodruff. Louisa is an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project. She holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama, and she is on faculty at Maggie Flanigan Studio teaching Shakespeare Acting and Script Analysis.

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Daniel Schlosberg

Music Director/Arranger

The music of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg has been performed by the the Dover Quartet, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Amphion Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Antico Moderno, and Lorelei Ensemble, at such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), St. John’s Cathedral (Hong Kong), and Melbourne Recital Centre (Melbourne). Recent work includes the score for a music-theatrical adaptation of Lorca’s Once Five Years Pass at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and music direction of Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where he premiered a score by David Lang. He cofounded the composer/performer ensemble INVISIBLE ANATOMY, which debuted last spring with concerts in New York City and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Schlosberg received a 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from the Yale School of Music. His work has been described as “witty” by the Wall Street Journal.