Berklee Silent Film Orchestra: The Phantom of the OperaTickets starting at $32.00 Buy Tickets
Directed by Rupert Julian, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) stars Lon Chaney, Hollywood’s “Man of 1,000 Faces” as Erik, the horribly disfigured phantom who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. When Erik falls in love with a beautiful prima donna, the master musician kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. One of the most discussed – and unnerving – films of all time, Phantom gets a turbocharged, new life from the 12-member Berklee Silent Film Orchestra’s spectacular, modern score.
Described as “nothing short of thrilling” by American film critic Leonard Maltin, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Berklee, in the world’s first undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the student orchestra composes its new works and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of Professor Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America).
Previous screenings of Phantom with the BSFO score – while a huge crowd favorite — have been done to the well-known, famously murky versions of the film. At last, the Berklee score, featuring a bravura soprano vocalist singing the movie’s operatic solos in synch with the screen, can be heard with the meticulously restored film.
This newest print was constructed by KINO/Lorber Films producer Bret Wood from silent film icon David Shepard’s definitive digital restoration. This print is a revelation in its clarity, and includes the legendary Technicolor® Costume Ball scene, at the correct, 20 frames per second projection speed.
To date, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra has scored and performed their music for 15 iconic silent films. The majority of these works have been created with the support of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Sounds of Silents® program. The Sounds of Silents was launched in 2007 with a mission to present classic silent cinema on the big screen, in the Coolidge, and beyond, accompanied by a live original score, performed by outstanding musicians.