from Act I of the German opera Der Freischütz
by Carl Maria von Weber
Libretto: Friedrich Kind
Voice Part: bass Fach: heavy bass
Setting: An open space in front of a tavern in the woods, Bohemia, middle of the 17th century
Synopsis: After Max agrees to go with Caspar to the Wolf's Glen to obtain some "free" bullets (bullets from the Devil that always hit their mark), he leaves. Caspar, brimming with feelings of revenge, sings of the triumph he will have when he fulfills his debt to the Devil by delivering Max to him.