Founded by Artistic Director Yuval Sharon, The Industry
burst onto the creative scene with the 2012 premiere of CRESCENT CITY
, a large-scale, interdisciplinary opera by Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney. Opening to rave reviews, the production's striking intersection of visual artistry and musical ingenuity firmly established The Industry as an innovative force in American – and Los Angeles opera.
In June of 2013, the company presented FIRST TAKE
at the Hammer Museum, a concert reading of six works-in-progress by Pauline Oliveros, Mohammed Fairouz, David Brynjar Franzson, Ellen Reid, Aaron Siegel, and Alexander Vassos, establishing a biannual venue for the exploration of new operatic works.
The Industry garnered international recognition for INVISIBLE CITIES
, an operatic adaption of Italo Calvino's novel, composed by Christopher Cerrone. Staged in the spectacular public areas of Los Angeles Union Station, the opera was produced for wireless headphones and marked significant collaborations with L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser.
, an initiative to celebrate creative milestones in California's countercultural musical history, launched in 2014. The first project in this series was IN C
, an imaginative staging of Terry Riley's iconic 1964 masterpiece at the Hammer Museum.
Then The Industry established its own label, The Industry Records, for presenting high-quality recordings of new experimental American opera. The first release was Invisible Cities
by Christopher Cerrone, in November 2014, with reviews from New York Times
, Boston Globe
and Los Angeles Times
. The Industry Records will release The Edge of Forever
by Los Angeles-based composer Lewis Pesacov in Spring 2015.
Most recently, The Industry co-presented the second biennial FIRST TAKE
with the wild Up music ensemble. FIRST TAKE
is quickly establishing itself as one of the most compelling platforms for the exploration of new ideas in American opera.
Next up is HOPSCOTCH
, an opera happening in multiple cars zig-zagging Los Angeles, composed by six LA-based composers. It’s The Industry’s biggest adventure yet!