the Rock Opera

MUSIC and LYRICS by Don Linke

based on the novel by BRAM STOKER

Selected Guitar Arrangements by Michael Brandenburg

Images are used from the
Columbia-Tristar home video Dracula

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DRAKULA
A Rock Opera in Two Acts

PREFACE

YEAR:  1023 A.D.
PLACE:  Land of the Szekelys (Transylvania)


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Drakula, a vicious warrior and heartless leader of his people, exacts inhuman cruelties upon his enemies--all in the name of God.  Incensed, God condemns Drakula and endows him with immortality, such that he should suffer the wounds and pain of battle without relief of death.  God also takes the life of Drakula's young wife, and promises to return her only after a thousand years of suffering.

Drakula enters into an uncontrollable rage, pits himself against God, and vows to serve Satan as his master--thus embarking on an enduring reign of terror, steeped in blood . . .

ACT I


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1. HE IS DRAKULA mp3
VOCALS - Anjl Rodee

"Fools, fools!  What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?"

     --Drakula

 

2. TRANSYLVANIA 
VOCALS - Joshua Parks

"I [have] read that every known superstition in the world is gathered in the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool."

     --Jonathan Harker


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3.  DON'T GO 
VOCALS - Karen Zimmerman

"'Must you go?  Oh!  Young Herr, must you go?'   She was in such an excited state that she seemed to have lost her grip of what German she knew, and mixed it all up with some other language which I did not know at all."

--Jonathan Harker (and Peasant Woman)

 


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4. TALK TO ME
VOCALS - Don Linke

"I am Drakula; and I bid you welcome, Mr. Harker, to my house.   Come in; the night air is chill, and you must need to eat and rest."

     --Drakula

 


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5.  MINA'S SONG 
VOCALS - Don Linke

"Yes, I too can love."

     --Drakula

 


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6.  COMING OUT TONIGHT

"It must be so nice to see strange countries.  I wonder if we--I mean Jonathan and I--shall ever see them together."

     --Mina Murray

 

7.  PARTY

". . . [W]e have slept together and eaten together, and laughed and cried together . . ."

     --Lucy Westenra


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8.  CAN'T MAKE UP HER MIND

"Here I am, who shall be twenty in September, and yet I never had a proposal till to-day . . . and to-day I have had three."

     --Lucy Westenra


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9. TAKE CARE
VOCALS - Michael Brandenburg

"Take care," he said, "take care how you cut yourself.  It is more dangerous than you think in this country."

     --Drakula

 

10. SMELL OF BLOOD 
VOCALS - Tyah Sartler, Melanie Beres

"All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips.  There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear.  I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me . . . "

     --Jonathan Harker


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11. BETTER TO DIE
VOCALS - Joshua Parks

"At least God's mercy is better than that of these monsters, and the precipice is steep and high.  At its foot a man may sleep--as a man.   Good-bye, all.  Mina!"

     --Jonathan Harker

 


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12. RENFIELD 
VOCALS - Don Linke

"R.M.  Renfield, aetat 59. --Sanguine temperament; great physical strength; morbidly excitable; periods of gloom, ending in some fixed idea which I cannot make out."

     --Dr. Seward (journal entry)

 

13.  MOTHER OF GOD

"It looks like religious mania, and he will soon think that he himself is God."

     --Dr. Seward

 


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14.  "FINIS"

"I don't want to talk to you; you don't count now; the Master is at hand."

     --Renfield

ACT II

15. THANK YOU
VOCALS - Celia Farran

"I know where my thought are.  If Arthur only knew!  . . . Thank everybody for being so good to me!  Thank God!  Good night, Arthur."

     --Lucy Westenra


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16. DOCTOR DOCTOR
VOCALS - Karen Zimmerman, David Erdman, Don Linke

"He is a philosopher and a metaphysician, and one of the most admired scientists of his day; and he has, I believe, an absolutely open mind."

     --Dr. Seward

 


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17.  DEAR MINA 
VOCALS - Deborah Hamm

"He has been under our care for nearly six weeks, suffering from a violent brain fever."

     --Sister Agatha, Hospital of St. Joseph
       and Ste. Mary

 


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18.  LUCHIA

"How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams."

     --Lucy Westenra

 

19.  DR. VAN HELSING II

"[T]he shock has been too great; the poor child cannot rally."

     --Dr. Seward

 

20.  KISS ME, ARTHUR

"In a sort of sleepwaking, vague, unconscious way she opened her eyes, which were now dull and hard at once, and said in a soft, voluptuous voice . . .   Kiss me!"

     --Dr. Seward


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21.  LUCY'S TOMB

"And prove the very truth he most abhorred."

     --Dr. Seward (quoting Byron)

 


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"She still advanced, however, and with a languorous, voluptuous grace, said: --'Come to me, Arthur.'"

     --Dr. Seward

 

22. WE MUST DESTROY HIM VOCALS - Don Linke

"But there remains a greater task:  to find out the author of all this our sorrow and to stamp him out."

     --Van Helsing


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23.  MINA'S SONG II

"The last conscious effort which imagination made was to show me a livid white face bending over me out of the mist."

     --Mina Harker

 


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"His expression again changed as, with a single impulse, we all advanced upon him."

     --Dr. Seward

 


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24.  WELCOME TO THE NIGHT

"Do you know what the place is?  Have you seen that awful den of hellish infamy--with the very moonlight alive with grisly shapes, and every speck of dust that whirls in the wind a devouring monster in embryo?"

     --Jonathan Harker
           (describing the Castle Drakula)

 

25.  WE HAVE CHANGED 
VOCALS - Rachel Raven

"[H]e was in life a most wonderful man.  Soldier, statesman, and alchemist . . ."

     --Dr. Seward (describing Drakula)


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26.  DON'T DENY ME 

"[N]ow you shall come to my call."

     --Drakula

 

27.  RIVER OF BLOOD
VOCALS - Don Linke

"[N]ow more than ever must we find him even if we have to follow him to the jaws of Hell!"

     --Van Helsing

 


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28.  REST IN PEACE 
VOCALS - Don Linke

"I shall be glad as long as I live that even in that moment of final dissolution, there was in the face a look of peace, such as I never could have imagined might have rested there."

     --Mina Harker

 

 

THE END

 

 

CREDITS

Panel Study Preview, Milwaukee, WI
August, 1997

Drakula

Michael Brandenberg
Jonathan Harker Joshua Parks
Mina Ilona Lebedinsky
Lucy/Vampiress Tyah Sartler
Seward/Peasant Woman Karen Zimmermann
Van Helsing Don Linke
Arthur David Erdmann
Vampiress Rachel Eggebrecht
Vampiress Julie Hurt
Renfield Russell Martocci
Dancer/Chorus Holly Eales
Dancer/Chorus Vanessa Hein
Dancer/Chorus Derek Jacobs
Dancer/Chorus Melissa Young
Narrator Melanie Beres
Director Melanie Beres
Choreography Holly Eales
Musical Director Michael Brandenberg

THE BAND
Michael Brandenberg Lead Guitar
Drew Ritgers Bass
Tony Jefferson Drums
Scott Peterson Guitar
Don Linke Keyboards


A
DDITIONAL VOCALS

Anjl Rodee He Is Drakula
Celia Farran Thank You
Deborah Hamm Dear Mina
Rachel Raven We Have Changed
Don Linke (various)

 

 

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