Mike Shapiro’s ‘Frankenstein’ Score to Get LA Premiere

By David Salazar
The classic horror film “Frankenstein” will be screened for two days at The Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on October 28 and 29, 2022.

But this is not any old screening of the classic work. While the original version did no have a soundtrack, this performance will feature the premiere of a score by composer Michael Shapiro, which will be performed by the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. What’s more, this is the latest of Shapiro’s scores for the film and it will include a libretto (which uses the Latin Requiem Mass) as performed by artists from the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

This performance represents the LA premiere of the score.

Shapiro, who will conduct the performances, first wrote a score for the film in 2022. That version premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Jacob Burns Film Center. The score(s) have gone on to receive over 50 performances world wide with such organizations as the International Festival of Bergen, Norway, the Milan Symphony Orchestra, Trier Opera, the Mariinsky Lendok Fil Annex in Saint Petersburg, the Virginia Symphony, the Royal Canadian Air Force Band in Winnipeg, and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Shapiro has composed over 100 works and his music is regularly broadcast around the world, including SiriusXM, National Public Radio, BBC, CBC, ABC-Australia Polskie Radio, and many more radio stations in North America. He conducts regularly and is a Laureate Conductor for The Chappaqua Orchestra.

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