LA Opera Off Grand presents suspenseful film masterpiece Vampyr, with live performance of new Joby Talbot score

Two screenings at the Theatre at Ace Hotel: October 27, 31

(Los Angeles) October 18, 2018 — On October 27 and 31, LA Opera presents a special Halloween treat for cinephiles and opera lovers alike: a screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s suspenseful and surreal 1932 cinematic masterpiece Vampyr, featuring the world premiere of a new musical score by Joby Talbot performed live at the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Championed by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Guillermo del Toro, the previously underestimated film has come to be regarded as an important landmark of the horror genre. Pioneering special effects, eerie visual poetry and off-kilter characters combine to weave a bizarre, dream-like narrative that will haunt audiences new and familiar alike. Learn more at The performances will be conducted by Matthew Aucoin—LA Opera's Artist in Residence and a 2018 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant”—leading members of the LA Opera Orchestra and mezzo-soprano soloist Taylor Raven.

Performance Dates and Times
There will be two performances of Vampyr presented at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, 90015):

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 8pm
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 8pm

Advance Tickets
Tickets are on sale now. Tickets begin at $19 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email

Special Post-Show Events
After the October 27 presentation, all ticket holders are invited to "The Fanged Fête," the Ace Hotel's Halloween party presented by Restless Nites, featuring DJs, drinks and dark arts. Admission is included with each opera ticket. Dweller-of-the-night attire is encouraged. Click here for details.

After the October 31 presentation, there will be a Halloween after-party at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Everyone with a ticket for this performance will be able to participate, and all ages are welcome. There will be a cash bar and live DJ. Costumes are encouraged. There will be a costume contest with prizes awarded for best costume.

About Composer Joby Talbot
Joby Talbot was born in London in 1971. Highlights from his diverse catalogue include the narrative ballets Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011) and The Winter's Tale (2014), both collaborations with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for the Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada that have since entered the repertory of companies worldwide; the choral Path of Miracles (2005), performed regularly by international ensembles; Genus Quartet (2013) for Los Angeles' acclaimed Calder Quartet; and the hugely popular animated feature Sing (Garth Jennings, 2016).

His screen credits include the classic BBC comedy series The League of Gentlemen and the feature films The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Closed Circuit. He has been twice commissioned by the British Film Institute to re-score the silent films The Lodger and The Dying Swan.

His critically acclaimed first opera Everest was given its premiere in 2015 by the Dallas Opera. In the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for The Winter's Tale. Current and upcoming works include a concerto for the acclaimed guitarist Miloš Karadaglić (summer 2018); a cantata commissioned by Independent Opera for Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices; a second opera for Dallas; and a third narrative ballet with Christopher Wheeldon. Learn more at

About the Theatre at Ace Hotel
The newly restored Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles opened in early 2014 in the historic United Artists building. An ornate, storied and vibrant Los Angeles gem originally built in 1927 for the maverick film studio, the UA theater and tower stand as monuments to a group of seminal American artists pushing out on their own. For more information about the theater, click here.

About LA Opera Off Grand
Vampyr is presented under LA Opera's Off Grand banner, which complements the company's mainstage programming through a wide variety of artistic exploration in a range of venues throughout Los Angeles. Its objectives are to serve a broader geographical area, increase the diversity of our audience and expand the range of experiences available to existing audiences. In addition to Vampyr, the 2018/19 season's Off Grand offerings include a concert performance of Verdi's Don Carlo at the Musco Center for the Arts, a concert of French baroque chamber music by Les Talens Lyriques at Zipper Hall, the Los Angeles premiere of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at the Ford Theatre, the world premiere of prism by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins at REDCAT and the West Coast premiere of David Lang's the loser at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. To learn more, visit

For additional information about this presentation, visit

LA Opera Off Grand and Matthew Aucoin's residency
made possible by a generous grant from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support from a consortium of donors
to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative,
chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders.

LA Opera is a non-profit organization dedicated
to serving the greater Los Angeles community.

Yamaha is the Official Piano of LA Opera.

LA Opera Media Contact:
Vanessa Flores Waite, Director of Communications