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)