Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Libretto by Friedrich Kind

Conceived, adapted and directed by Louisa Proske
Co-Directed by Chloe Treat
Newly arranged and music directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English dialogues by Michaël Attias and Louisa Proske

A returning veteran brings the stench of war back to his small town. A young man in crisis is unable to live up to his community’s standards of masculinity. Two women’s friendship helps them navigate the macho culture they were born into. Performance anxiety before a brutal test leads to a deal with the devil. A gun goes off...

From Louisa Proske:

“The themes of this very German opera find a resonant sounding board in current-day America. I am excited to make a version of Weber’s Der Freischütz that plugs both into the strangeness and otherness of this story set deep in a 17th century Bohemian forest, and that uses it to speak about the here and now - not a literal 2019, but a mythical America, a poetic world where the line into the national unconscious is crossed, and weird, disturbing images are stirred up. We know this small town and we know these characters! With a score that ranges from exuberant folksy tunes to avant garde sound painting, Daniel Schlosberg and I are thrilled to embark on yet another collaboration, picking up on Weber’s choices and pushing them even further with our new Heartbeat arrangement - all while celebrating the beautiful, varied vocal writing that can hold its own with the very best 19th century opera has to offer. This is an opera neglected by larger companies that Heartbeat can breathe fresh life into - with newly translated English dialogues, and a thrilling, immersive staging that transforms Baruch Performing Arts Center into a vertiginous landscape full of sound and fury, retina-burn images and strange, unforgettable encounters.”


Evening Performances
December 4 - 7, 10 - 14, 2019
8:00 p.m.

Matinee Performances
December 8 & 15, 2019
3:00 p.m.

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



Derrell Acon // Caspar
Samarie Alicea // Ännchen
Casey Candebat // Max
Rubin Casas // Hermit
Jessica Faselt // Agathe
Nicole Haslett // Ännchen
Daniel Klein // Caspar
Ian Koziara // Max
Quentin Lee // Kilian/Ottokar
And more still to be announced


Louisa Proske // Director/Adaptor
Chloe Treat // Co-Director
Daniel Schlosberg // Music Direction and New Arrangements
Michaël Attias and Louisa Proske // New English Dialogue
Sara Brown // Scenic Design
Beth Goldenberg // Costume Design
Oliver Wason // Lighting Design
Will Gardiner // Sound Design
Corinne Gologursky // Props Design


Meet the TEAM




Louisa Proske directs opera, classical theatre, and new plays with equal passion. She is a Princess Grace Award winner, a Musical America New Artist of the Month, and the proud Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera. Productions in opera include Agrippina (Lincoln Center - Carnegie Hall/ Juilliard Vocal Arts), La Bohème (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Così fan tutte (LoftOpera), Don Giovanni, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Daphnis & Chloé (all Heartbeat Opera), Falstaff (Dell’Arte Opera), Gianni Schicchi, Riders to the Sea, La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera); the world premiere of Invisible Cities at the Italian Academy New York. Theatre productions include The White Devil (Red Bull Theater - NYTimes Critic’s Pick), peerless (nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction), Gaslight, This, Engagements (all Barrington Stage Company), One Day When We Were Young (Assembly, Edinburgh). 
Upcoming projects: Der Freischütz (Heartbeat Opera), The Mother of Us All (New York Philharmonic, Juilliard, Metropolitan Museum), Rinaldo (Glimmerglass Festival Debut)

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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.