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Music by Heinrich Marschner

New libretto by John J King


June 19-28, 2014, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre


"OperaHub's stellar production of Der Vampyr stands out as one of the most rewarding theatrical events of the season."  -Terry Byrne | The Boston Globe


Der Vampyr played to a capacity house for its entire second weekend.


OperaHub presented a new adaptation of Heinrich Marschner's 1828 gothic opera DER VAMPYR. Though the work had its American premiere at the Boston Conservatory in 1980, it had not been seen in Boston since.

In the original, Lord Ruthven, the eponymous blood-sucker, has not been sucking his fair share of blood. The other vampires in his coven gather at the witches' dance to charge him with taking three virgins by the end of the third day, or he will perish as a mortal. Tragedy ensues in the local village until the vampire is vanquished.

Playwright/librettist John J King, whose IRNE-nominated parody FROM DENMARK WITH LOVE ran last summer at the Boston Playwright's Theatre and Outside the Box Festival, turned the story on its head, tightened the plot by consolidating several characters and loaded it up with pop-culture vampire references.


OperaHub received generous financial support for this production from the Harvard Musical Association, whose grant underwrote the cost of the instrumental ensemble and arrangement.





Collins   Jacob Cooper

Lucy   Megan Welker

Della   Tamara Ryan

Muffy   Lindsay Conrad

Parker   Eduardo Ramos

Swann   Justin Hicks

Jane   Heather Gallagher

Xander   Alexandra Dietrich

Giles   Adrian Jones

Giles   Andrew Sokol

Aro   Jacob Scharfman

Spike   Michael Merullo

Jack   Sam Parkinson

Kimberly   Sara Haugland


Piano   Stephanie Mao

Violin   Eriel Huang

Bass   Evie Wang

Oboe   Miri Kudo

Horn   Julia Dombek

Percussion   Emily Feeney

Producer/Director   Christie Lee Gibson 

Music Director   Lina Gonzalez

Stage Manager   Deirdre Benson

Associate Producer   Chelsea Beatty

Assistant Director/Fight Choreographer     Joseph Kidawski

Lighting Design   Ian W. King

Costume Design   Chelsea Kerl

Set Design   Kenny Burt

Props Design   Helena Mestenhauser

Hair/Makeup   Neil Fortin

Lighting Assistant   Ida Aronson

Assistant Music Director/Pianist                 Stephanie Mao




Both the libretto adaptation and our reduced orchestration for six instruments are available for licensing, either together or separately.  Please see our documents below or contact for more information.


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