Nosferatu Opera Set for Premiere in Montana

Classic Arts News   Nosferatu Opera Set for Premiere in Montana
A new operatic version of the Dracula story, based on F.W. Murnau's silent film Nosferatu, is set to premiere at the Rimrock Opera Company in Billings, Montana.

The opera, also titled Nosferatu, is by composer Alva Henderson, with a libretto by Dana Gioia, the poet, critic, and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Henderson is the composer of the operas Medea, The Last of the Mohicans, and West of Washington Square, among others.

"Nosferatu is a retelling of the Dracula story from the perspective of a gifted woman struggling against the pull of evil, even as she watches it destroy the man she loves," Gioia writes on his web site.

According to the Billings Gazette, the five-year-old Rimrock Opera stages previews tonight and October 6, as well as an open dress rehearsal on October 20, before the official world premiere on October 22. Baritone Douglas Nagel and soprano Susan Gundunas star.

The opera will also be performed at Opera Idaho in November.

Previous operatic settings of the Dracula story include Randolph Peters' Nosferatu, based on an original story, which was commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company and premiered by the company in 1993.

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