Erzsebet: The Blood Countess Opera
"Erzsebet: The Opera" is a chamber monodrama on the life and death of Elizabeth Bathory, the legendary Blood Countess.
The life and death of Erzsébet Bathory, the "Blood Countess", has been a fascination, even an obsession, for 400 years. This project is to finish and stage "Erzsébet: The Opera" as a monodrama with chamber ensemble.
As an indirect descendant, I have a family interest in her story. In 1987 I began researching aspects of her life and death for an opera. The libretto is now finished and published, two musical sections are complete (one of which was heard in part on the Discovery Channel's "Deadly Women" feature) and the singer and instrumental musicians are committed. The website dedicated to Erzsébet: The Opera details the past 10 years of progress, with images, journals, artwork, commentary, and videos.
The opera must be finished for premiere in the 2010-11 season of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Basic funding for the ensemble's regular season is already available, but support is needed for the singer, additional musicians, staging, costumes, lighting, and time to complete the remaining 40 minutes of the opera.
Your support for this project assures that it will take the stage next season. Thank you!
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