Der Vampyr (Lindpaintner)
Der Vampyr (The Vampire) is an opera (designated as a Romantische Oper) in three acts by Peter Josef von Lindpaintner. The German libretto by Cäsar Max Hegel was based on a work by Heinrich Ludwig Ritter, based in turn on a French melodrama by Charles Nodier, Pierre Carmouche and Achille de Jouffroy, ultimately traceable to the short story The Vampyre (1819) by John Polidori.
Other early 19th-century operas on the same theme were Silvestro de Palma's I vampiri (1812), Martin-Joseph Mengal's Le vampire (1826), and Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr of the same year as Lindpaintner's opera (1828).
Lindpaintner made a revised version of the opera in 1850, when he put recitatives in the place of the original spoken dialogue.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 21 September 1828
(Conductor: Peter Josef von Lindpaintner)
|Ignerand, Count Port d'Amour||bass||Christian Wilhelm Häser|
|Isolde, Ignerand's daughter||soprano||Caterina Canzi|
|Hypolit, Count Damartin, Isolde's bridegroom||tenor||August Carl Hambuch|
|Count Aubri, the vampire||bass||Gustav Petzold|
|Balbine, Isolde's maid||mezzo-soprano|
|Etienne, gardener to Port d'Amour||bass|
|Lorette, Morton's daughter||soprano|
|Lavigne, her bridegroom||tenor|
The scene of the action is in the south of France (not Scotland), though in general it follows the same story as Marschner's Der Vampyr.
- Brown, Clive (1992), 'Vampyr, Der' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7