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GROTECH Production Ltd will sponsor the inaugural season of haunting operas by new company, Gothic Opera.
The all female founded society is launching their inaugural season of operas based on the Gothic craze which swept Europe in the early 19th century, with a series of performances of Der Vampyr in haunting venues in London around Hallowe’en.
Three friends, Alice Usher, Charlotte Osborn and Beatrice de Larrogoiti founded Gothic Opera to indulge their own passion for often overlooked haunting music.
Der Vampyr, written in 1828 by Heinrich Marschner, is typical of its genre and tells the challenge of Lord Ruthven who can earn an additional year of life is he sacrifices three virgins within 24 hours. The opera charts his quest and their battle to survive and how they will achieve salvation.
Martin Usher, the MD, of Grotech Production was inspired to sponsor the inaugural production because of the subject matter and the way in which Gothic Opera is staging the shows. They take place in and around October 31 at haunting venues including Brompton Cemetery Chapel, the Old Church, Stoke Newington and Asylum Chapel in Peckham.
“I had to admire the way they are bringing old works to the attention of new audiences in quirky settings appropriate to their subject,” he said. “Gothic Opera are challenging existing audiences to opera to think differently about older works and being creative in attracting new audiences to opera, in the same way that Grotech Production Ltd look for innovative ways to solve traditional production problems,” he added.
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