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A ghoulish good time at Vampire Soiree

The Vampire Soiree takes wing Saturday at Marigny Opera House.

The Vampire Soiree takes wing Saturday at Marigny Opera House.

Who could get a bunch of witches, ghosts, bats, devils, zombies and vampires to sing? Only Carol Rausch, chorus master and music administer of the New Orleans Opera Association. And she’s picked a seriously different location to do it. She’s figured out how to present a family concert in the Halloween spirit in one of the city’s oldest, but newest, happening performing art spaces.

The 19th-century Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand Street, is the location of what she says will be a ghoulish good time for young and old. Local and regional vocal talent, along with members of the Opera Chorus, will treat the audience to a 90-minute concert of lyrical opera excerpts including the spooky opening chorus from The Vampire, the rarely-performed first opera of the 2013-2014 season, along with selections from other operettas and musical theater.

“I’m hoping this concert is a first partnering at the Marigny Opera House,” Carol says. “It is such a cool space.”

Following in the footsteps of the highly successful series of free and informal Opera on Tap performances that take place in bars around town, Carol says the upcoming concert at the Marigny Opera House is “another good chance for people to sample opera and not have to dress up. It’s our way of proving that opera is really accessible, and not some elitist out-of-date art form.”

So go in costume and mingle with the musicians at The Vampire Soiree; it will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, with a suggested entrance donation of $15.

For more information about the New Orleans Opera 2013-2014 season and the opening performance of The Vampire on Friday, October 11 and Sunday, October 13 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, go to


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