Carl Maria von Weber

He is regarded as the father of German romantic opera: Carl Maria von Weber. With his "Freischütz", he created something like a prototype, and with the operas that followed, "Euryanthe" and "Oberon", this genre went into series production, a series continued by composers like Heinrich Marschner and Ludwig Spohr, making this a decisive link to Richard Wagner, who also wrote a few romantic operas himself ("Der fliegende Holländer", "Tannhäuser", "Lohengrin") before turning to music-drama and his idea of a "Gesamtkunstwerk". Beyond this, Carl Maria von Weber was a highly influential performing artist. In 1813 he became opera director in Prague. Three years later he moved on to the German Opera in Dresden - a precursor of the Semper Opera - which he led on to renown throughout Europe.

Born on November 18, 1786 in Eutin, Holstein

Died on June 5, 1826 in London