“…the audience was dazzled and stirred by the music; it was overwhelming.” – La Provence

New Music for a Work of Art

American composer Kevin Hayes revives the musical score for “Metropolis,” Fritz Lang’s 1926 masterpiece of silent cinema.

La Provence

Kevin Saunders Hayes worked for two years on the new musical accompaniment for Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” considered one of the great works of silent cinema.

The organizers of the Avignon Film Festival, aware of the position of the city of the Popes (Avignon, la Beauté exposition), thought it appropriate to do something noteworthy for this first Euro-American Festival.

Such was the case for the screening of Metropolis Sunday night at the Opera House. From the beginning of the first act, the audience was transported by a genuine live performance of eight American singers and four musicians, backed by a pre-recorded orchestra and sixteen-member opera choir.

Chantal “was dazzled and stirred by the music; it was overwhelming.”  Marie-France was “especially appreciative of the chance to have another look at this prophetic film by the man who filmed it in 1926.”

Actress Carole Bouquet (“For Your Eyes Only”) was supposed to have attended last night’s premiere sponsored by the Avignon Lions Club in partnership with The Avignon Opera House, France Telecom and the city of Avignon. The premiere raised funds in support of “The Voice of the Child,” an association fighting for the protection of children in France as well as seventy other countries and of which the actress has been the spokesperson for more than ten years.

Having to cancel her appearance due to a family emergency, Carol has promised to visit Avignon in the near future to meet with the organizers of the event.  At the end of the performance, a cheque for 45,000 francs was presented to Martine Brus, president of the association.

(Photo Caption) Last night, The Avignon Opera House presented the advance European premiere of Metropolis featuring the music of Kevin Hayes following the success of the American screening at the New York Film Festival.