Award-winning composer Michael Shapiro breathes new life into the 1931 horror classic

What: Screenings of the 1931 film Frankenstein featuring live performances (with orchestra and vocal soloists) of a new rendition of composer Michael Shapiro’s musical score, the only work of its kind to support this classic horror film. 

Who: Michael Shapiro, an award-winning classical music composer and conductor with a career of more than 40 years, will conduct members of the LA Opera Orchestra and singers from LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. The audience is invited to come in costume.

Interview and Visual Opportunities:

  • Los Angeles rehearsals for Frankenstein with Live Orchestra
  • B-roll of the rehearsal
  • interview with composer/conductor Michael Shapiro
  • interviews with singers 
  • interview with LA Opera spokesperson

When: Timed for Halloween festivities, the news media is invited to film rehearsals on Monday, October 24, and on Tuesday, October 25, from 12:30pm to 2pm. These rehearsals will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012).

Must RSVP to attend.

Why: It's Halloween time and Frankenstein fans of all ages love this classic thriller. Music enthusiasts will hear the score played live during the movie for the first time ever. Click here for the trailer and click here to see Shapiro discuss the presentation. Click here for B-roll of the theater.

Info for Ticketed Event:
Performances take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel  (929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015) at 8pm on Friday, October 28, and on Saturday, October 29. For tickets and additional information, visit

LA Opera Media Contact
Luz Villarreal
Director of Communications