Hercules vs Vampires

Live Orchestra, Film Screening, Opera

“The score was rich in harmony, clever in melodic line, and especially brilliant in orchestration.” – Classical Voice of North Carolina

Hercules vs. Vampires combines opera and midcentury pop culture, synchronizing live music with cult fantasy film Hercules in the Haunted World, a 1961 sword-and-sandal epic. When the actors projected on the silver screen open their mouths to speak, the audience hears their lines sung by opera singers! Fresh and full of fun, an atmospheric new operatic score by L.A.-based composer Patrick Morganelli provides the perfect accompaniment to Italian filmmaker Mario Bava’s gorgeously gaudy world. This production was commissioned by the LA Opera.

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‘Hercules vs. Vampires’ is a winning formula at Los Angeles Opera

Morganelli’s music is a delight. It is basically a film score with singing, drawing upon a kind of sparkling Impressionism for the scenes on Earth, with touches of Bernard Herrmann and John Williams here and there … READ MORE …

Hercules vs Vampires: Film Becomes Opera!

Morganelli said he differentiated between music for Hades and Earth. Earth was more accessible and impressionistic, while Hades was described by hard-edged and atonal phrases … READ MORE …