In its second year, The Industry teamed up again with the wild Up music ensemble to present the only West Coast workshop of new American opera. First Take has quickly established itself as one of the most compelling platforms for the exploration of new ideas in American opera.
The inaugural run of First Take took place at the Hammer Museum in 2013 and featured works-in-progress by Pauline Oliveros, Mohammed Fairouz, David Brynjar Franzson, Ellen Reid, Aaron Siegel, and Alexander Vassos.
The vibrant artists of The Industry and wild Up, along with guests like the legendary Joan La Barbara, performed concert readings of six new operatic works-in-progress by Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Nomi Epstein, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Anne LeBaron, Andrew McIntosh and Paul Pinto.
About First Take
First Take is a biennial West Coast workshop of new American operas designed to give audiences a taste of the wide range of ideas in opera today. The inaugural run of First Take took place at the Hammer Museum in 2013 and featured works by Pauline Oliveros, Mohammed Fairouz, David Brynjar Franzson, Ellen Reid, Aaron Siegel, and Alexander Vassos. Our next iteration took place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in 2015 and featured the legendary Joan La Barbara to perform works by Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Nomi Epstein, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Anne LeBaron, Andrew McIntosh and Paul Pinto.
First Take is curated by The Industry’s Artistic Director, Yuval Sharon, in collaboration with wild Up’s Artistic Director Christopher Rountree, The Industry’s Music Director Marc Lowenstein, and The Industry’s Executive Director Elizabeth Cline. First Take is modeled on the format Sharon created during his four years as Project Director of New York City Opera’s influential VOX program between 2005-09. Under his leadership, VOX became the most important crucible for new opera in the country: of the 40 works Sharon workshopped at VOX, 25 have gone on to future life in companies around the world, including the first two operas produced by The Industry: Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City and Christopher Cerrone’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated Invisible Cities.
Music by Jason Thorpe Buchanan (New York)
Text by Darcie Dennigan (Providence)
Music by Nomi Epstein (Chicago)
The After Time
Music and Text by Jenny Olivia Johnson (Boston/New York)
LSD: The Opera
Music by Anne LeBaron (Los Angeles)
Text by Anne LeBaron, Gerd Stern and Ed Rosenfeld (New York)
Bonnie & Clyde
Music by Andrew McIntosh (Los Angeles)
Text by Melinda Rice (Los Angeles) In collaboration with artist Claudia Doderer (Berlin)
Unintelligible Response(part of Thomas Paine in Violence)
Music by Paul Pinto (Jersey City)
Text by Paul Pinto and Rick Burkhardt (Providence)
FIRST TAKE is made possible with generous support from Myrna Cook and a grant from the California Arts Council. Additional support is provided by Thomas E. Backer, PhD, Ron & Linda Phillips, and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.