Der Vampyr
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19 > 29 November 2016
Opéra des Nations

Der Vampyr

Musiktheater based on Der Vampyr by Heinrich Marschner

Libretto by Wilhelm August Wohlbrück, based on the play Der Vampir oder die Totenbraut (1821) by Heinrich Ludwig Ritter, itself was based on the short story The Vampyre by John Polidori. First performed on 29 March 1828 in Leipzig.

Coproduction Komische Oper Berlin / Grand Théâtre de Genève

Sung in German with English and French surtitles
Duration : approx. 1:20 (without intermission)

Bizarre creatures emerging from the imagination of Dr John W Polidori and Mary Shelley create a gothic world intensified by Marschner’s sensitive music. Inspired by the Italian style and the German Singspiel, the work introduces modern aspects that strengthen the psychological dimension of the action and characters. The vampire, a creature locked outside the world of the living and the dead, seeks a home, and principally an identity, in a unique ambiance imbued with wild romanticism. The sacrificer becomes the sacrificed unless he can find the balance between Eros and Thanatos. Three virgins to be immolated in twenty-four hours...

Musical Director Ira Levin
Stage Director Antú Romero Nunes
Reprise of the stage direction Tamara Heimbrock
Set Designer Matthias Koch
Costumes Designer Annabelle Witt
Lightning Designer Simon Trottet
Dramaturgy Ulrich Lenz
Lord Ruthven Tómas Tómasson
Sir Humphrey Davenaut Jens Larsen
Malwina Laura Claycomb
Sir Edgar Aubry Chad Shelton
George Dibdin Ivan Turšic
Emmy Perth Maria Fiselier
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  


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Nov 2016
Saturday 19 |  7:30 pm
Monday 21 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 23 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 24 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 26 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 27 |  3 pm
Tuesday 29 |  7:30 pm