TECHNICOLOR OPERA SLAYS BLOODSUCKERS WITH SONG!!!
Trailer by: Galen Huckins
Voice Talent: Sam A. Mowry, Katie Taylor
Nine mighty operatic wailers and a 14-piece orchestra rattle Hollywood Theater, giving voice to a big, gaudy 1961 screen classic that pits mythology's greatest hero against legions of Hell fiends!
Opera Theater Oregon and Filmusik have hatched a two-headed mythological monster, soon to claw its way, amid a clamor of horns and operatic wailings, into the main auditorium at Hollywood Theater. "Hercules Vs. Vampires" syncs a Technicolor cult classic with live performance of a new opera by Patrick Morganelli. Picture 'Clash of the Titans' with a singing Kraken, and you've got the idea.
This gorgeously-produced Technicolor gem is action-packed and wildly operatic in scope. The film follows a quest through hell by Hercules (Mr. Universe 1958 Reg Park) and Theseus (George Ardisson) - the object to rescue the beautiful Dianara (Leonora Ruffo) from eternal enslavement by the vampire-master, Lyco (Christopher Lee).
The project, one of the most ambitious ever attempted by OTO or Filmusik, was made possible by a grant from REGIONAL ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and WORK FOR ART.
Directed by Katie Taylor. Music direction by Erica Melton. Technical direction by Galen Huckins.
Michael Miersma (Hercules)
Camelia Nine (Dianara)
David Simmons (Theseus)
Claire Craig Sheets (Persephone)
Bobby Ray (Lyco)
Helen Funston (Zarathusa)
Katie Taylor (Medea)
Ian Timmons (Keros)
Paul Sadilek (Procrustes, the Rock Monster)
...and featuring the glamorous girls and boys of the OTO-Filmusik Technicolor Orchestra
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Five teams submitted proposals to compose the new opera that soundtracks 'Hercules.' The winner was LA's Patrick Morganelli, a seasoned film composer whose resume includes work with Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director and producer Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART, PEARL HARBOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS) and producer Stephen Zapotoczny (WE WERE SOLDIERS, FIGHT OR DIE), and with composers Christopher Young (SPIDERMAN 3) and Michael Giacchino (LOST, STAR TREK).
"This is a labor of love for Patrick," says Taylor. Morganelli is, as it turns out, a huge fan of director Mario Bava and was very excited to resoundtrack one of his films.