Lausanne Opera · Lausanne · May 2000
Théâtre de Champs-Elysées · Paris · December 1999

This was a coproduction between the Champs Elysées and Lausanne. It was a surprise for Francisco Negrin, who had always thought it was not a piece for him, as he thought about Fidelio. But working on both he realised he truly had something to say about these often misundersoofd works and was able to bring a non-German eye thta brought out many usually unseen beauties from the story and score.

The show then also went to ABAO in  Bilbao in a version redirected by Anthony Baker.

Production Team
Set: Anthony Baker
Costumes: Emmanuel Peduzzi
Lighting: Frank Evin
Conductor: Myung Whun Chung / Jonathan Darlington

Casts included
Gilles Cachemaille, Bent Norup, Miranda Van Kralingen, Sandrine Piau, Albert Dohmen, Jorma Silvasti, Hans Sotin, Albert Shaigidullin, Ludwig Grabmeier, Mireille Delunsch, Gaëlle Mechaly, Robert Bork, Jon Ketilsson

"Francisco Negrin (whose extraordinary Norma you might remember), has emphasised the long journey the characters make from darkness to light. The audience received this show as a true triumph."

August 2000

"Close to Twin Peaks, the production mixes traditional Bavarian costume and inverted geometrical spaces inhabited by bird-men and other Lynchian beings. Ther is no better way to have approached the deeper layers of this piece."

Eric Dahan
December 1999

"In Francisco Negrin's staging, Weber's romantic drama hits the spot. The director refuses old illustrative habits …he offers a spellbinding act 2, between the ascetic, spiritual austerity of scene 1 and the Satanic fantasy of the wolf Glen. This production is like fireworks that will remain for a long time in our ears."

Matthieu Chenal
24 Heures
May 2000

"Sunday night and the cast of Freischütz, director Francisco Negrin leading them, is amazed: 5 curtain calls and the audience still wants more! Negrin has sublimated the fantasy world of an often underrated opera."

Tristan Cerf
Le Temps
May 2000