Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Dracula will receive its world première on 28 October at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, with follow-up performances on 31 October, 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 17 and 27 November, and 1, 4 and 7 December. Karen Kamensek conducts Linus Fellbom’s production which stars Elisabeth Meyer as Mina, Joel Annmo as Jonathan and Ola Eliasson in the title role.
Dracula is the first opera by Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Based on Bram Stoker’s seminal homonymous 19th century Gothic horror novel, it tells the story of the most famous vampire in literary history: Count Dracula. This is the first classical opera that is based upon this narrative, which has already been adapted for numerous films, ballets and musicals. The libretto was written by Claes Peter Hellwig and Kristian Benkö.
In Dracula, Jonathan Harker embarks on a trip to Transylvania to see Count Dracula, who has bought real estate in London and is now planning to move there. When Jonathan arrives at his castle, strange things soon begin to happen; Jonathan gets scared to death of the eldritch count, soon realizing that he has become the count’s prisoner. After Count Dracula sets off for England, Jonathan finally manages to escape the castle. Dracula's first victim in London is Lucy, the friend of Jonathan’s fiancée Mina. After Lucy has fallen victim to the count, he puts his attention on Mina. Meanwhile, Professor Abraham Van Helsing has decided to put an end to the undead count …
We talked to the composer about her first opera:
You can listen to the world première live on sveriges radio, the performance on 3 November will be broadcast live in selected cinemas.
You can peruse the score here:
View the study score