We create musical, operatic, visual and immersive experiences.
The Industry is a an independent, artist-driven company creating experimental productions that expand the definition of opera. In just a few short years, The Industry has been praised for “quickly and dramatically making itself an essential component in American opera” (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times) and “turning LA into a hipster opera paradise” (Shana Dambrot, LA Weekly).
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.
In 2013 The Industry garnered international recognition for INVISIBLE CITIES, an operatic adaptation 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.
HIGHWAY ONE, 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.
In 2014 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 2016.
The Industry co-presented the second biennial First Take, the only West Coast workshop of new American operas, with wild Up music ensemble, in February 2015. First Take is quickly establishing itself as one of the most compelling platforms for the exploration of new ideas in American opera.
Fall 2015, The Industry presented HOPSCOTCH with music by Veronika Krausas, Marc Lowenstein, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Norman, Ellen Reid, and David Rosenboom. In this unprecedented city-wide event, six composer-librettist teams collaborated with over 120 musicians, singers, designers, and dancers on a world premiere opera. The Industry’s groundbreaking opera Hopscotch unfolded in cars zigzagging throughout Los Angeles, telling a single story of a disappearance across time. Audiences experienced the work in both the intimacy of a car, where artists and audiences shared a confined space, or in a larger central hub, where all the journeys were live streamed to create a dizzying panorama of life in Los Angeles.
Beginning Fall 2016, Artistic Director Yuval Sharon will be the Los Angeles Philharmonic Artist-Collaborator for a three-year residency.
In addition to his work with The Industry, and while remaining an independent company with our own distinct programming, The Industry will expand our offerings to the LA audience by collaborating with the remarkable talents and facilities of the L.A. Phil. Together, we will develop works that will challenge audiences, musicians, and artists.
Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director
“LA’s avant-garde opera darling” (Hollywood Reporter) Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera. His productions have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering” (Opera News). He is the recipient of the 2014 Götz Friedrich Prize in Germany for his acclaimed production of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, originally produced at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Yuval founded and serves as Artistic Director of The Industry and directed the company’s productions of Crescent City, Invisible Cities, and In C. Yuval also directed a landmark production of John Cage’s Song Books at the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman. Yuval was Project Director for four years of New York City Opera’s VOX, an annual workshop of new American opera, which became the most important crucible for new opera in the country under his direction. He was assistant director to Achim Freyer on the Los Angeles Ring Cycle and Associate Director of the world premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Graham Vick for the London 2012 Cultural Olympics.
Upcoming projects include Three Sisters for the Vienna Staatsoper, Die Walküre for Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and many future projects for The Industry.
Elizabeth Cline, Executive Director
Elizabeth Cline has dedicated her career to supporting interdisciplinary artists and artistic communities. For the past eight years she has curated and produced performative, site responsive works across Los Angeles. Previously she was the Assistant Director at Machine Project, an arts non-profit in Los Angeles and a Curatorial Associate at the Hammer Museum, where she organized artist’s projects in the Public Engagement program. Elizabeth has taught and lectured about contemporary art practices at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Columbia College, Chicago; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Portland Art Museum, Portland and The Rubin Center, El Paso.
As a librettist and director, her work explores consciousness through subjectivity and time. Her first opera, Tragedy on the Sea Nymph, starring an all dog cast, premiered in 2010 at Machine Project (Los Angeles) performed by the Calder Quartet, in 2012 it travelled to The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and then was featured at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas (Denver) performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 her chamber opera The Edge of Forever, inspired by the ending of the Mayan long count calendar, was performed by LA-based chamber music ensemble wild Up, conducted by Christopher Rountree, at The Philosophical Research Society (Los Angeles).
Marc Lowenstein, Music Director
Marc is the Music Director of The Industry. He has conducted the premieres of several new operas including The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, Dice Thrown, The Scarlet Letter, The Peach Blossom Fan, and WET, and the American premieres of Schaeffer’s Loving and Aperghis’ Sextuor. For four years he conducted with the New York City Opera’s VOX new music festival and he has conducted on the Monday Evening Concert Series, with Jacaranda, with the Ear Unit, the Vinny Golia Ensemble, the Kadima Conservatory, the CalArts New Century Players, and Ensemble Green. He was the founder and music director of the Berkeley Contemporary Opera, a company that produced four seasons of contemporary operas.As a singer, he specializes in contemporary music and has performed over twenty-five opera roles including the premiere of What to Wear by Michael Gordon and Richard Foreman. Marc has written a full-length opera based on the screenplay to The Fisher King, is working on a children’s opera, and has written several shorter chamber works.He has been a professional whistler, plays klezmer clarinet, and he teaches theory, conducting, composition and history at CalArts.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Hoebich – Chairman
Christine Adams – Vice-chairwoman
Betsy Greenberg – Secretary
Caroline Mankey – Treasurer
Mary Ann O’Connor
Thomas E. Backer, PhD
Mary Lou Falcone