Hercules and Arizona Opera in Epic Quest to Slay Monsters With Song

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Posted By on September 15, 2017

Hercules vs Vampires will be performed by the Arizona Opera with live on-stage singers, an orchestra and conductor on October 21 and 22 at Symphony Hall.

The live performance, featuring a newly-composed score by Patrick Morganlli, will be synchronized with the 1961 film, Hercules in the Haunted World, with the singers and musicians dressed in black and set beneath the big-screen projection of the film.

“It’ll appear as though the voices of the singers are coming out of the characters on the screen,” said Morganelli. “Getting the vocal lines to match the mouth movements of the actors was really very complicated/ Visually, the movie is still the centerpiece of the production.”

Vocalists include Jarrett Porter as Hercules, tenors Anthony Ciaramitaro and Paul Nicosia as his questing companions Theseus and Telemachus respectively, sopranos Lacy Sauter and Katrina Galka singing multiple roles, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Sanchez as Persephone, bass Brent Michael Smith as Procrustes, and bass-baritone Zachary Owen as Lycos.

Shawn Galvin will conduct the Arizona Opera Orchestra, helping to time the music with the film.

“It’s on a razor’s edge,” said Galvin, “But I think you’ll be impressed at how Patrick has made this into a compelling musical event, so seamless with the video.”

For an hour prior to the show, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a pre-show where they can test their strength in Hercules photo booth, drink themed coctails, enter a costume contest and more.

Info: azopera.org

Jamie Killin

About Jamie Killin

Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.

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