The Vampire


Marschner’s The Vampire (Der Vampyr)

October 11, 2013 – 8:00 PM
October 13, 2013 – 2:30 PM

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

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Production Underwriter:

Lois & Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation

Production Support:

Regions Bank 2011

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD Sung in German with English texts projected above the stage.

Marschner’s masterpiece of nineteenth-century Romanticism, Der Vampyr, created a sensation at its 1828 premiere. This musical treasure is based on a ghost story by Lord Byron and sits musically and dramatically between Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Its gorgeous music, recently heard at Carnegie Hall, was praised by the New York Times as a “gem of an opera” with an “alluring score” and “lovely choral writing…enlivened with many pictorial and evocative elements.” Der Vampyr was a great influence on both composers and writers of the Romantic era, but our production will present this exhilarating supernatural tale in contemporary New Orleans—the setting for so much of the current fascination with stories vampiric! 

Listen below to learn more about The Vampire.

Read a review about the recent concert performance of this opera at Carnegie Hall.

Nuts & Bolts Talk: One hour prior to curtain with guest speaker George Dansker – Reference Librarian, New Orleans Public Library; Music Critic, Opera News.

Director: Matthew Lata
Conductor: Robert Lyall
Ruthven Marsden – Nicholas Pallesen
Malwina Davenaut – Marjorie Owens
Edgar Aubry – Corey Bix
Humphrey Davenaut – Stephen West
Janthe – Irene Roberts
Emmy Perth – Jennifer Tiller
George Dibdin – Casey Candebat
Suse Blunt – Gwendolyn Jones
James Gadshill – Tyler Smith
Richard Scrop – Juan Williams
Robert Green – Jacob Penick
Toms Blunt – Ivan Griffin
John Berkley – Dennis Jessie
John Perth – Alan Gandolfi
The Vampire Master – Casey Hendershot

The Vampire Synopsis

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