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Help brand-new company Gothic Opera tell an unconventional, atmospheric vampire story this Halloween
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Hi, we're Béatrice, Alice and Charlotte. We're sopranos who met at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where we did our postgraduate study. 

We're incredibly excited to be launching our new company, Gothic Opera, with a production of Marschner's Der Vampyr this Halloween. 

We’re extremely passionate about Gothic Opera. It’s a company that was born out of our love for gothic literature, history of art and bringing audiences to atmospheric, unusual venues. 

Der Vampyr is the perfect opera to launch our company with –it is based on Polidori's short story The Vampyre, which was begun alongside Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as entertainment for the dark evenings in 1816, 'the year without a summer.' These works ignited the 19th century craze for the Gothic, meaning that our first project goes to the very heart of the Gothic genre.

We have put everything together ourselves from scratch –hunted for ‘haunted’ venues, recruited and hired the wonderful Der Vampyr director and music director, auditioned the fantastic singers for the show, and even turned our hands to marketing and publicity. Oh –and the three of us are also going to be performing as soloists in the production!

Opera is a spectacular art form, and we’ve great plans to make our show spine-chilling, atmospheric and modern. But putting on operas is undeniably expensive. Sadly, it is common practice in fringe opera for singers and instrumentalists to perform for free – but we have committed to providing appropriate remuneration for their work, and we will stick to that. And we want to keep ticket prices low to ensure all audiences can afford to attend. 

And this is just the start: we love opera, and we want to open it up to those who may be less familiar with it. If you contribute to our campaign, not only will you enable us to stage a wonderfully spooky show this Halloween, you’ll also help us with part of our core ethos: to work with the community we are performing in. We have plans to engage with local schools, music groups and community centres, to name a few – but we need your help to make it happen. 

So we are appealing for your support – whether you love opera, are passionate about Gothic fiction, or you just like a good vampire story for Halloween. We’ve put together an enticing package of rewards, too – so please consider donating today.

Gothic Opera’s Der Vampyr

Saturday 26 October 2019 (concert performance, Brompton Cemetery Chapel) 

Sunday 27 October 2019 (concert performance, Brompton Cemetery Chapel) 

Thursday 31 October 2019 (Old Church Stoke Newington) 

Friday 1 November 2019 (Old Church Stoke Newington)

Sunday 3 November 2019 (Asylum Chapel Peckham)

L-R, Béatrice, Alice, and Charlotte (photo: Nick Rutter)
L-R, Béatrice, Alice, and Charlotte (photo: Nick Rutter)

Find us on social media #GOVampyr

Risks and challenges

We may come up against challenges as our Der Vampyr project comes to life, but we have opened up clear channels of communication with our venues and stakeholders which we hope will nip any issues in the bud.

Our biggest risk would be that for whatever reason - unforeseen disasters, illness, problems with venues and funding - the project could not go ahead. In this case we would endeavour not to cancel the show but to postpone it. We have assembled a wonderful team of singers and a great production team, and we are determined to showcase their talent.

Another challenge of this project is the community engagement dimension, which may take longer to bring to fruition than the time we have left, but we will do as much as we can ahead of the show. Furthermore, we will not stop Gothic Opera's work in these London areas after Der Vampyr is over. We have great plans for the future of this company and we know our community involvement will always be central to our mission.

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    Limited edition Gothic Opera badge

    Thank you for your donation - give us your address, and we'll post you a very special Gothic Opera badge! Extra brownie points for posting a picture of you wearing your badge on social media #GOVampyr

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    Acknowledgement in our programme

    We'd love to thank our backers by name, so we'll have a special section in the programme to acknowledge everyone who gives more than £50!

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    A signed Der Vampyr programme

    In return for your generosity, a souvenir to treasure.

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    Your name on the website and 2 tickets

    Thank you to our generous backers - we'll display your name, or the name of your company, on the Sponsors page of Gothic Opera's website for a whole year! You'll also get a pair of tickets to the show of your choice.

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    Limited edition Isaure de Benque print

    Isaure de Benque is the wonderful illustrator who designed Gothic Opera's logo and a lot of the beautiful art we use. We've prepared six limited edition prints for our generous backers.

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    A masterclass with Julia Mintzer

    Der Vampyr's director, Julia Mintzer, offers a workshop to our most generous backers. Julia has worked internationally as a singer and director and is now covering the role of Carmen for WNO.

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    A concert in your home

    Gothic Opera soloists will come to your home for a private concert of your favourite operatic arias!

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    A signed Der Vampyr poster

    Hot off the press, the Der Vampyr poster can grace your living room!

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