The Music of Erica Zann

The Music of Erica Zann

SEASON 14 | MAY 2002

The Music of Erica Zann
A modern opera based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story

Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by The VORTEX

This dark tale from the void tackles contemporary themes of disconnection, addiction, and obsession, creating a dynamic medium for modern opera. Music and spectacle transport the audience toward the mystery of the unknowable chaos.

Pulp horror writer of the 20's and 30's whose circle of contemporaries included Robert E. Howard (Conan) and Robert Bloch (Psycho). Lovecraft is sometimes called the father of contemporary horror. He influenced numerous authors including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Brian Lumley, and Dean R. Koontz. Lovecraft wrote tales that involved struggles with ancient and alien evils that could only ultimately be survived through insanity.


E. Dale Smith, Scott Swanson, the character of Erica Zann: Sandy Blue (Soprano) and Mariam Hembrook (Violinist)


Directed by Bonnie Cullum; Set Design by Ann Marie Gordon; Lighting Design by Jennifer Rogers; Costume Design by Kari Perkins; Piano arrangements by Alex Krigsfeld; Adaptation by Mick D'arcy (Lyrics) and Edmund Pantuliano (Music).


B. Iden Payne and Critics’ Table Awards Nominations
Best Musical Director
Best Actor in a Musical: E. Dale Smith
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Scott Swanson
Original Score: Mick D'arcy & Edmund Pantuliano