René Jacobs © Johannes Berger

Throwback // Freischütz with the FBO

It was probably the Freiburger Barockorchester‘s biggest project to date: Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischütz” conducted by its spiritus rector René Jacobs. With a top-class vocal soloist and the congenial Zürcher Sing-Akademie including Arttu Kataja, Polina Pastirchak and Dimitry Ivashchenko, the orchestra and conductor gave rousing performances in Freiburg, Wiesbaden, Cologne and Hamburg in April and May 2022.

Ottokar / Kilian: Yannick Debus
Kuno: Matthias Winckhler
Agathe: Polina Pastirchak
Ännchen: Katharina Ruckgaber
Kaspar: Dimitry Ivashchenko
Max: Magnus Staveland
Ein Eremit: Torben Jürgens
Sprecher: Max Urlacher
Zürcher Sing-Akademie

Some excerpts from the press
“The longed-for, unique colour spectacles of bravura brass, wood, percussion and mystical gut strings made the heart beat faster.” (Bachtrack, 03 May 2022)
“But as in the recording, it is the FBO that takes command here, staging the melodrama as a film in sounds.” (Badische Zeitung, 30 April 2022)
“Presented in this way, Weber’s masterpiece became even better than it already sounds.” (Hamburger Abendblatt, 06 May 2022)
“All the more joy, gratitude and jubilation for the concertante or shall we say semi-staged performance under René Jacobs in the Cologne Philharmonie on 2 May 2022.” (, 06 May 2022)