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Hercules vs Vampires

Technicolor opera slays bloodsuckers with song!


Buckle your seatbelts for our most offbeat presentation ever! 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 starring three-time Mr. Universe Reg Park. When the actors projected on the silver screen open their mouths to speak, the audience will hear their lines sung by our cast of singers from the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra.

Directed by the great Italian filmmaker Mario Bava, the film itself is fantastic in every sense of the term, swaddled in glorious early-1960s Technicolor. Action-packed and wildly operatic in scope, the film follows Hercules on a heroic journey to rescue his beloved from a fiendish mastermind of terror (played onscreen by horror legend Christopher Lee). Fresh and full of fun, an atmospheric new operatic score by L.A.-based composer Patrick Morganelli provides the perfect accompaniment to Bava's gorgeously gaudy world.

Presented in association with American Cinematheque and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.


  • Thursday April 23, 2015 08:00 PM
  • Saturday April 25, 2015 07:00 PM
  • Saturday April 25, 2015 10:00 PM
  • Sunday April 26, 2015 02:00 PM

Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 22, 2014. 
2014/15 package holders may add-on
Hercules vs Vampires beginning January 14. 
Click here for details.

Creative Team

* LA Opera debut artist


Hercules vs. Vampires and Hercules in the Haunted World were just two of the many English-language titles given to the 1961 Italian sword and sandals epic, Ercole al Centro della Terra (Hercules at the Center of the Earth).

Returning from an epic journey, Hercules discovers that his beloved Dianara no longer recognizes him. A mysterious oracle reveals that the answer lies in the forbidden depths of the haunted underworld. Joined by ladies' man Theseus and buffoonish tag-along Telemaco, the muscle bound hero sets off to find a cure. Our heroes battle a lumbering stone giant, a treacherous lava pit and a ghostly army of the undead on their quest to save Dianara from the clutches of power-mad Lyco, mastermind of terror.