Launching the New Orleans Opera Association's new season Heinrich Marschner's spooky, seductive opera Der Vampyr ("The Vampire") may not feature the pale romantic Edward Cullen of the ever-popular film and book series Twilight, but we'll guess that it appeals to a slightly wider audience. Der Vampyr begins, as so many great stories do, with a magical night and a magisterial lord, one whose cruel hold over the land and its people goes too far when the Vampire Master tells him he must sacrifice three maidens within twenty-four hours or he'll be doomed to hell for eternity. (For those of you making t-shirts: definitely not Team Vampire Master.)
Will the Lord succeed? Will the secrets of the vampire be seen? Will you leave the performance puncture-free? Let the ghosts of vampires past wash over you as you take a bite out of one of the most influential pieces of the Romantic nineteenth century, made accessible thanks to Vampire to German to English translations hovering above the stage. 8 pm Friday; 2:30 pm Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, 1419 Basin Street. neworleansopera.org.