Join us in Phoenicia for a workshop of “Clarimonde,” a new opera by Frédéric Chaslin and P.H. Fisher

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Frederic Chaslin and P.H. Fisher
Composer Frédéric Chaslin & librettist P.H. Fisher. Photo Courtesy of the Artists.
Alyson Cambridge
Soprano Alyson Cambridge stars as Clarimonde. Photo by Enrique Vega.

 August 2, 2014: On Site Opera and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice announce a workshop of Clarimonde, a new opera from composer Frédéric Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher. Chaslin himself will conduct and OSO Artistic Director Eric Einhorn will direct a cast featuring Alyson Cambridge, Dominic Armstrong, Clayton Mathews and Louis Otey.

Clarimonde is an adaptation of Théophile Gautier’s La Morte Amoureuse (1836), a short story in the genre of the conte fantastique where science fiction, fantasy and magic realism merge. La Morte Amoureuse is a classic tale of the supernatural in which a young, handsome priest, Romualdo, falls in love with the beautiful vampiress Clarimonde, whom he first encounters on the day of his ordination ceremony. Clarimonde is not a neck-biting, ghoulish creature with fangs; rather, she is an exquisite, alluring courtesan who genuinely falls in love with Romualdo. She believes that his love for her (and his pure, priestly blood) will redeem her, rescuing her from the eternal doom created by The Maker, the dark vampire master. The tough and wise Bishop Serapion learns of Clarimonde’s seduction of Romualdo and wages a battle to save not only Romualdo’s physical life, but also his very soul.

Performance Information:
Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:30pm
St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church
109 Main St, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to participate in an open forum Q & A with the creative team and cast.
Tickets: $15 general admission; $5 youth available at

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