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The opera Erzsébet is the tale of Hungary's "Blood Countess". The musical team is preparing the premiere on October 28-30, 2011.

I am canceling this project because of the unlikelihood of its being successful, and taking the opportunity to direct pledgers and likely sponsors to the Bathory Opera Website, where sponsorships can now be received directly. Thank you to everyone! We are closer to the goal through direct appeals.

Erzsébet Bathory was a noblewoman of 16th-17th century Hungary. Her fame comes from mythology of vampirism and blood-bathing ... neither of which are true. Indeed, the accusation that she killed hundreds of servants may also by a myth. But we know enough to find her both remarkable and terrifying, and Erzsébet: The Opera explores this in a thrilling hour-long monodrama.

The opera/monodrama on the life and death of Countess Erzsébet Báthory will take place in three locations in Vermont during late October 2011: Hyde Park Opera House (October 28), Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College (October 29) and Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre (October 30). It will star Lisa Jablow and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Anne Decker. The production will be directed by Naomi Flanders with stage design by Pavel Kraus and production and lighting design by Michael Bean and graphics by Alex Vitzthum, with costuming by Meg Hammond.

You can download the score or download the libretto or download the budget or download the promotional brochure or download the mp3 demo. And then back the opera!

Fundraising for Erzsébet: The Opera is ongoing through the summer of 2011. This Kickstarter Project is a second pass at reaching the goal. Backers are invited to join in to help meet this portion ($5,464) of the total budget of $25,000 to produce the opera three times in 2011.

Why this amount? Because the Consortium of Vermont Composers has an incentive grant of $5,464 that must be matched 1:1.

The full details of this opera, its personnel and its presentation are on the Bathory Opera Website of Bathory.org.

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    Signed copy of the libretto and audio/video performance download links, and mention in the published musical score.

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    Published musical score of Erzsébet, autographed by the composer. This pledge also includes two ticket to the premiere or first-run performance, your name(s) in the premiere concert program, and download of the premiere performance recording.

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    Black T-shirt with red-and-white image of the Bathory seal on one side, and "Erzsébet: The Opera" on the other, plus an autographed CD recording of the premiere. This pledge also includes two tickets to the premiere or first-run performance and your name(s) in the premiere concert program.

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    Complete bundle of all the other rewards (concert tickets, your names in the program, libretto, musical score, t-shirt, CD recording) PLUS a dedication on the published score itself and in the concert program to the fifteen benefactors AND dinner with the composer and cast after the Sunday night performance.

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    Two xylophones made by Fred Carlson for David Gunn, one chromatic and the other using 10 tones per octave instead of 12, plus all the previous rewards.

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    There were fewer than 100 Ionic Performer Synthesizers made in the early 1970s. David Gunn and I have one each. We were going to put them on eBay, but instead we are offering them as rewards for a large pledge to "Erzsébet: The Blood Countess Opera". You'll of course get all the other rewards as part of the package, but these are so rare you may never see another one.

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