Marschner: Der Vampyr (2CD)

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Jonas Kaufmann, Franz Hawlata, Regina Klepper, Thomas Dewald, WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Helmuth Froschauer

Jonas Kaufmann stars in this specially priced opera release.

Marschner’s fateful drama is of Scottish origin and embodies all the central ideas of Dark Romanticism – demonic curses and guilty secrets.

Among the audience at the premiere performance of the "Vampire" in 1828 at the Sächsisches Hoftheater in Leipzig was 15-year-old Richard Wagner.

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'Kaufmann sings the hero to Hawlata's villain in this enjoyable account of Marschner's 1828 Gothic thriller, a work that influenced Wagner and which can still send a shiver down the spine.' - BBC Music Magazine (4 Stars)

"a pacey reading of the score that’s detailed and fresh...The cast is very strong. Franz Hawlata is a stentorian Lord Ruthven, the titular vampire, but also has ability to turn an elegant phrase. Likewise, the young Jonas Kaufmann is fresh-voiced as Edgar Aubry with the promise of dramatic tone to come" - Opera Now (4 Stars)