Posts Tagged ‘First Take’

An interview with FIRST TAKE artist Laura Karpman

The third installment of FIRST TAKE is this weekend, and we pulled Laura Karpman out of rehearsal to discuss her opera BALLS. The opera dramatizes the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and draws on the comedic, dramatic, and hugely political nature of this match. “The Battle of the Sexes” changed not…

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The Industry’s FIRST TAKE Application

First Take 2015

Submit your work for the third edition of FIRST TAKE, The Industry’s incubator for new operatic ideas and works-in-progress. The third iteration of FIRST TAKE will have a public performance in February 2017 in Los Angeles. In this biannual program, composers/librettists work with LA-based chamber orchestra wild Up and fantastic singers to try out new…

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A Rumination on Writing an Opera by Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Hunger composer, Jason Thorpe Buchanan.

This week, we feature a piece by composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan, whose multimedia opera, Hunger, will be featured in our 2015 FIRST TAKE showcase of new ideas in American opera. In deciding to write a Multimedia Opera, I wanted to explore the idea of psychological fragility and deterioration

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New Opera is the Greatest Adventure

The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

From the very beginning, The Industry was an adventure. Born with no start-up support and in a challenged economic climate, the idea to form a DIY company focusing on new and experimental opera came across as bold to some optimistic friends, harebrained to other more rational ones. More than one person nicknamed me Fitzcarraldo—and I…

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