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FIRST TAKE 2017 | with The Industry

February 24, 2017
6:30 PM

Aratani Theater
244 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

We team up with The Industry workshopping portions of six new works from:

Nicholas Deyoe, William Gardiner, John Hastings, Laura Karpman, Marc Lowenstein, and Dylan Mattingly.

Seating is first-come, first-serve. Come for one session or stay for the whole evening: First Take is free! Doors open at 6:30pm.

You can reserve a seat for $10.00 HEREThis will guarantee you a seat. OR you can come for free — seating will be first-come, first-serve after those with reserved seats.


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.