Das Jagdgewehr

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Das Jagdgewehr (The Hunting Gun) is a German-language opera in three acts by Thomas Larcher to a libretto by Friederike Gösweiner [de] after the 1949 short novel Ryōjū (猟銃, The Hunting Gun) by Yasushi Inoue. It received its premiere at the Bregenzer Festspiele on 15 August 2018. The UK premiere was at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, June 2019.[1]


  • The Poet, who sees the hunter in the snow (tenor)
  • Josuke Misugi, the hunter in the snow (baritone)
  • Midori, the hunter's wife who asks him for a divorce, (soprano)
  • Saiko, his secret lover, who is also Midori's cousin and best friend (mezzo-soprano)
  • Shoko, Josuke and Saiko's daughter (soprano)



  1. ^ Andrew Clements (9 June 2019). "The Hunting Gun review – luminous vocals and intense drama". The Guardian. This spare UK premiere of Thomas Larcher's dreamlike new opera featured wonderful conducting by Ryan Wigglesworth and striking ensemble work