Sink Your Teeth into Marschner's The Vampire

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As a special Halloween treat, Operavore is featuring a brand new recording of Heinrich Marschner's two-act opera Der Vampyr, or The Vampire. It streams at 2 pm and 8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Marschner's fateful drama is of Scottish origin and embodies all the central ideas of Dark Romanticism: demonic curses and guilty secrets. Among the audience at the premiere performance of Der Vampyr in 1828 at the Sächsisches Hoftheater in Leipzig was 15-year-old Richard Wagner.

Cast:

Edgar Aubry: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Lord Ruthven: Franz Hawlata, bass-baritone

Malwina Davenaut: Regina Klepper, soprano

Janthe Kerkley / Emmy Perth: Anke Hoffmann, soprano

Sir Humphrey Davenaut: Markus Marquardt, baritone

George Dibdin: Thomas Dewald, tenor

Sir Berkly: Yoo-Chang Nah, baritone

WDR Rundfunkchor Koln

WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln

Helmuth Froschauer, conductor