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Interview with the vampire

PHUKET: Andrew Snape has a slightly different hobby than most – he is Phuket’s only vampire opera singer.

Friday 2 March 2012, 04:17PM

As darkness descends, Andrew transforms into his vampire alter ego, Count Snape.

As darkness descends, Andrew transforms into his vampire alter ego, Count Snape.

A music and IT teacher at Kajonkiet International School Phuket by day, Andrew transforms into Count Snape at night, a ‘vampire’ operatic singer with black cape and make-up that complete the look.

Andrew moved to Phuket in July last year, having previously spent time teaching in Myanmar.

Growing up in the UK, he had always been involved in church choirs; learning how to play the organ and taking singing lessons.

Because of his talent, he was always pushed by his teachers into solo parts, including memorably during a Westminster Cathedral evening mass performance.

His later transformation into a vampire opera singer just “happened”, he says.

Andrew’s sister is a seamstress, and his family have always dressed up for Halloween. Having once worn a vampire outfit, his friends began calling him Count Snape and the nickname stuck.

Unsurprisingly, he’s a fan of 1960s American comedy, The Munsters, and has a particular fondness for one of the characters, Grandpa, who was a vampire.

“I found him fascinating,” says Andrew. “He was very eccentric and loveable. He was a friendly old grandpa, and that drew me to vampires in a positive way.”

He believes that his unusual Count Snape persona lends itself well to opera.

“Opera is not just about singing, it’s about acting and stage presence. [The vampire look] works for me as a performer, and it works well with opera.”

His recent performances at Friendship Beach Resort and Royal Phuket Marina were well received, and he hopes to be asked to give many more performances around the island – that is to say, if anyone bites.

 Count Snape: 083-858-3302; snapedom.com

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