Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Stemper, Frank

Abstract

Six highlighting scenes from the novel by Bram Stoker are set in operatic form for voice and piano. Scenes will include dialogue (either spoken or recitative) and arias or ensembles. Each section will be approximately 5 to 10 minutes in length. The largest influence of this work is, of course, the novel, Dracula. The book has been in public domain since its publication in 1897. The libretto will be modeled from the book and may include direct quotes. The scenes should represent some of the crucial points in the novel and reveal the internal side of each character involved. Along with the score, included in this thesis are the libretto and notes from Dr. Jacob Juntunen on the script for the scenes, notes from Danielle Aldach about the composition, and a brief historical overview of Prince Vlad III of Wallachia- "Count Dracula". Dr. Juntunen is professor of playwright at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has agreed to collaborate on the opera scenes based on the novel.

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