Max, once the best shooter far and wide, is in a streak of bad luck. A single shot should decide his marriage to Agathe - too important a matter to be left to chance. At midnight in the Wolfsschlucht, Max pours the cursed free balls with the seedy Kaspar, which never go wrong. The pact with the devil is sealed. "Hit the mark," said Carl Maria von Weber in 1821 after the premiere. "Der Freischütz" was soon considered the romantic German opera par excellence, because Weber not only found tones for the homeliness of the German forest, but also for its eerie night-time, for uncertainty, doubt and fear. In his production, director Axel Köhler not only tells the fate of a young man who lets himself be driven to extremes out of fear of failure.