A performance of Der Freischütz (The Marksman) will be given in St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate on Sunday July 2. This takes the form of Narropera, a new kind of entertainment for opera lovers, claimed to have been invented in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2016.
Der Freischütz has been acclaimed as, arguably, the most popular German opera in history. Narrated opera (narropera) weaves Weber’s instantly appealing music through its gripping Grimm brothers-style folk tale.
Featuring renowned German soprano Dorothee Jansen, Floriane Pevcelon on violin and Continuo and narrator Hayden Rawstron, the performance begins at 6:30pm. The programme begins with a bring-your-own picnic in Thompson’s Field opposite the church from 5pm, tea and coffee served in the church at 6pm and, following the opera, adjournment to the Red Lion, Snargate’s famous 19th–century real-ale pub.
Enjoy your picnic at this Glyndebourne-style occasion and enjoy the beauty of Romney Marsh, then relax in the peace of the church and listen to the arias of Der Freischutz, say the organisers.
Photos: Dorothee Jansen – library image. Other photos courtesy John Harmer and John Wimble