Krysta Gonzales and Melissa Vogt. Photo by Kimberley Mead.

Krysta Gonzales and Melissa Vogt. Photo by Kimberley Mead.



An Opera by Chad Salvata
Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by ethos in association with VORTEX


Vampyress is based on the true story of Erzsebet Bathori, “The Bloody Countess”. This award-winning opera is a tale of horror, murder, and magic, created by ethos composer and Artistic Director, Chad Salvata. Born in 16th-century Hungary, Bathori murdered hundreds of young women and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth and beauty. This historical figure has been both vilified and honored over the centuries. Salvata’s embellishment of her notorious downfall produces a powerful and mysterious work of storytelling.


Melissa Vogt, McCann, Mindy Rast, Chelsea Manasseri, kt Shorb, Krysta Gonzales, and Sharan Shively.


Directed by Bonnie Cullum. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Costume Design by Talena Martinez. Sound Design by Roy Taylor. PR Photograph by Kenny Gall. Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.

Warning: Nudity, Violence, Blood, and Thrills. For Mature Audiences.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. Produced in association with VORTEX Repertory Company.