Last Halloween, L.A. Opera presented “Dracula” with Philip Glass’ score at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, with the composer and the Kronos Quartet playing live behind the 1931 film. It was a sold-out holiday hit.
Inevitably, the question arose: What to do for an encore?
How about another “Dracula” film with live music, but this time played to the earlier 1922 F.W. Murnau expressionist work “Nosferatu”? And not incidentally, how about making this an opportunity to show off the young, talented composer-conductor-pianist Matthew Aucoin, beginning his three-year term as L.A. Opera’s artist-in-residence?
So it happened Saturday...