THE INDUSTRY creates experimental productions that expand the traditional definition of opera. By merging media and engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations, we produce works that inspire new audiences for the art form. We believe that opera can be emergent and responsive to new perspectives and voices in contemporary culture. The Industry serves as an incubator for new talent and for artists predominantly based in Los Angeles.
Founded by Yuval Sharon in 2010, The Industry has grown through collaborations with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, SCI-Arc, Hammer Museum, wildUp, LA Metro, LA Dance Project, Ate9 Dance Company, Inspiravi Chorus, and others.
The Industry has developed large-scale world premiere productions every other year: Crescent City (2012), Invisible Cities (2013), and Hopscotch (2015). We present smaller-scale yet artistically ambitious programs: First Take, a biennial workshop of six new operas-in-progress; Second Take, a full concert commission and workshop from a First Take composer; Highway One, a performance series dedicated to California’s countercultural history; and Lab, a platform for experiments in collaborative processes. The Industry Records expands the reach of new American opera through high-quality recordings.
In September 2017 The Industry presents a radical reimagining of Bertolt Brecht’s play Galileo, presented on Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro around an enormous fire.