Der Wildschütz (The Poacher) (1842)
G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Libretto by the composer after Kotzebue’s “Der Rehbock.” Eng trans by R. and T. Martin
Opera and Music Theatre
Baculus, a school-teacher, has accidentally shot a buck on the grounds of his employer, the Count of Eberbach and has been summoned to the castle to plead for his job. Baroness Freimann offers to accompany him, dressed as Baculus’s betrothed Gretchen, in order that she can keep an eye on her own betrothed, Baron Kronthal, a friend of the Count. Both the Count and the Baron are immediately attracted to ‘Gretchen’, setting in motion a comic web of misunderstandings.