Hercules Vs. Vampires

Today is an exciting day for me!  In fact, it is exciting for all of Los Angeles in general.  Because today is the day that my friend Patrick Morganelli will have the LA Opera premier of his multi-media opera Hercules Vs. Vampires.  Now it’s a big deal to have the LA Opera perform anything you have written, but Patrick has done something very different and it’s a new direction for the Opera company as well.


He took the 1961 Mario Bava movie “Hercules Vs. Vampires” starring Reg Park, and wrote his opera to the movie – to be performed in sync with the video!!  How cool is that?

Here is Patrick’s website if you’re curious about his music.  There are several examples of his boundless and eclectic musical talent, including work from Hercules Vs. Vampires and clips from his score for my movie Radio America.


I’m fascinated with people like Patrick who just seem to do everything they set their sights on.  For him, it was being a high level concert pianist, then a Top Gun F-14 fighter pilot for the Navy, then a film composer, and now a world class Opera composer.  So what does he do that is so special?  So different?  Patrick has amazing follow through and commitment to his ideas.  He believes in himself and takes continual proactive action towards his goals.  He constantly inspires me and I hope his story inspires you too!

And by the way, he’s a really really nice guy as well!  Yet another example that with commitment, focus, drive, and courage, ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE!

All Things Possible!

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  1. I wish I could have seen this. The blending of opera and B (maybe C) movies sounds intriguing. I may have to see if I can find “Hercules vs Vampires” on Netflix now so I can at least see the video. Great example of taking something and making it new!

    • ChristopherShowerman

      You would love it Dave!! We’re going back to see it again tonight. So much fun!! And tonight the LA Opera is hosting a costume masquerade before the show too. I couldn’t find the movie on Netflix, but when you search for it, the original title from the 1961 release was Hercules in the Haunted World.

      • Blog Neglegtor

        I keep meaning to respond to this–just keep gittin distracted! Yeah, this does(ahem!) sound like an interesting concept! I love classical, but try as I might, I’ve never had much tolerance for Opera–I’m not sure exactly why–just can’t stand it! But for the sheer fun of it, this project I think I would find highly entertaining! I LOVE “outside-the-box” stuff anyway! Something buffoonish about opera to me, and certainly that element in the low budget old Eye-talian gladiator movies–so this does sound like a HOOT!…. Speaking of movies(We SHOULD be, with the upcoming Summer movie season upon us!), I’ve already gone to see “Mad Max” on the Big Screen–a MUST for me–I actually saw “The Road Warrior” in the theatre upon it’s original release all those eons ago! I still think “The Road Warrior”(2nd in the series) is THE BEST of the lot! Dang, I’m gittin OLD! I think the newest was a great effort–great characters, costumes, machines, etc..–and desert scenery–filmed in Namibia this time instead of Australia! Google it to find out WHY(understandable….) VERY weird, but that’s what to expect from a Mad Max post-apocolyptic movie, of course! And now EAGERLY awaiting the release of “JURASSIC WORLD”–certainly a MUST for any zookeeper! And I think I’ll relate to the “getting friendly” with the inmates theme despite the frowning upon such of certain powers-that-be(ahem!)……

        • Blog Neglegtor

          …Fergot to initial that last comment…L.B. here… if you guys hadn’t already figured that out! I wanted to elaborate on the movie-viewing(on the BIG screen!) theme a bit more. I rarely go to movies–a handful a year, maybe. My interests are narrower than most folks, for one. And they ARE EXPENSIVE nowadays!!! Limited financially as I am, it has to be a rare thing by necessity! But you know, that makes it all the more of a SPECIAL occasion when I do–I usually EAT OUT too, on such an occasion–also another rare occurrence in my behavior–that for HEALTH as well as finances! But like with my recent viewing of Mad Max–I HAD to go afterwards and get me a pre-apocalyptic burger, fries, and a shake! And I will begin plotting my next foray into civilization often MONTHS ahead of time–what, for instance, should I devour upon having viewed the upcoming “Jurassic World”? An entire pizza all to myself? That sounds about right….So, what other movie-watching traditions have YOU guys developed and adapted to in your habitats?…..L.B.