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Irish composer Siobhán Cleary and librettist Katy Hayes have joined forces to create a new opera based on Angela Carter’s short story Vampirella. The world première performances will take place in the striking setting of Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in March 2017.

Previews 21 March, then runs 23 – 25 March | 8pm | Smock Alley, Main Space

Set in 1914, Angela Carter’s story tells of Hero, an English soldier on a cycling holiday in the Carpathian Mountains, who seeks shelter in a lonely castle where he meets and disarms the beautiful vampire Countess.

Irish talent has frequently been drawn to the vampire myth. Dubliner Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula has been absorbed and firmly embedded into the global vampire narrative. The story returns once again to Ireland, to provide lifeblood for this original contemporary Irish chamber opera written specifically for the talented singers and instrumentalists of the RIAM.

Opera Briefs is a creative partnership between the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. Vampirella is funded by an Arts Council Project Award.

Composer: Siobhán Cleary
Libretto: Katy Hayes
Based on the short story Vampirella by Angela Carter

Director: Conor Hanratty
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns
Lighting Design: Kevin Smith

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