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Press Release: Nosferatu

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LA Opera presents classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu, featuring live performance
of new score by Matthew Aucoin 

Two screenings at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, October 29 and 31

(Los Angeles) October 5, 2016 — LA Opera will celebrate Halloween with two screenings of the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu, featuring a new score created by Matthew Aucoin, the company's new Artist in Residence. One of the greatest horror films ever made, the supremely creepy vampire thriller will be accompanied live by Mr. Aucoin conducting a chamber ensemble of musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra and soprano soloist Liv Redpath, a member of the company's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Presented as part of the company's Off Grand initiative, the screenings will take place on October 29 and 31 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Drenched in the silvery shadows of German Expressionism, director F.W. Murnau's cinematic masterpiece stars Max Schreck as the pallid and deadly Count Orlok.

"The music of the Second Viennese School—Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Zemlinsky—was written around the same time the film was made, and I find it’s a great aesthetic fit," said Mr. Aucoin. "My score is a collage (a Frankenstein monster, if you will) of orchestral and operatic music both by Second Viennese School composers and by earlier composers in that tradition. In addition, I’ve composed new music of my own and I’ll be improvising certain scenes at the piano. With my improvisations, I’m engaging with a different tradition: in the early days of cinema, pianists often improvised along with silent films, and I look forward to letting my inner jazz pianist loose to provide musical commentary and atmosphere." 

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

•    Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 8pm
•    Monday, October 31, 2016, at 8pm

Advance Tickets
Tickets are on sale now. Tickets begin at $29 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 LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.

For additional information, visit LAOpera.org/Nosferatu.

About the Film
With striking imagery that has burrowed into the dark corners of the public's psyche for the past century, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic  Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is as immortal as its iconic antagonist. The first major vampire film ever made, Nosferatu was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. The film's unforgettable vampire Count Orlok—played by Max Schreck as a twisted, clawed and fanged creature completely unlike Bela Lugosi's urbane Dracula—continues to influence cinematic horror to this day. 

About Matthew Aucoin
Composer-conductor Matthew Aucoin’s music has recently been performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, members of the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Alabama Symphony, the American Repertory Theater and Boston’s A Far Cry, among others. He will make his mainstage LA Opera debut in November, conducting Akhnaten by Philip Glass. To learn more about LA Opera's new Artist in Residence, please visit MatthewAucoin.com.

About the Theatre at Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles opened early 2014 in the historic United Artists building. An ornate, storied and vibrant Los Angeles gem 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
Nosferatu is presented under LA Opera's Off Grand banner, which complements the company's mainstage programming through a wide variety forms 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 Nosferatu, the 2016/17 season's Off Grand offerings include two productions at REDCAT, The Source and Thumbprint. To learn more, visit LAOpera.OffGrand.

Nosferatu in Orange County
There will also be a single Orange County presentation of Nosferatu at 8pm on Friday, October 28, at the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University (1 University Drive, Orange, 92866). For information about this screening, please click here.

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

 

LA Opera Media Contact:
Fran Rizzi, Director of Communications and Public Relations
frizzi@laopera.org | 213.972.7554

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