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"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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    The Infamous level includes a copy of Kim Craft's authoritative new biography "Infamous Lady" along with two official "Supporter" tickets to the premiere or first-run performance of Erzsebet, 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 "Erzsebet: 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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    This benefactor level is a 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 before the opening night performance.

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    Katherine Anne Porter's "French Song Book" limited edition, signed, given to me by Barbara Harrison of Harrison of Paris. Plus the t-shirt, score, etc. Last-minute reward!

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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. Here's a link to my Performer Ionic page: http://maltedmedia.com/people/bathory/killer.html

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