In a move that will bolster its growing operatic credentials, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is teaming up with Yuval Sharon, the artistic director of the Industry, the L.A.-based experimental opera company, for what will be a three-year residency to begin in the 2016-17 season.
The L.A. Philharmonic is expected to announce on Wednesday that Sharon will be named as the orchestra’s artist-collaborator, a newly created post that will involve curating projects for the orchestra, with the assistance of the Industry. The projects are expected to embrace multiple artistic genres and will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as other venues around L.A.
The appointment will include the L.A. Philharmonic’s centennial season, in 2018-19. An orchestra spokeswoman said that the position is a residency and not a full-time staff job, though Sharon will be compensated.
Sharon previously worked at New York City Opera’s Vox series, an annual workshop dedicated to new works. He also was assistant director to Achim Freyer on L.A. Opera’s Ring Cycle production.
Sharon founded the Industry in L.A. in 2010. The company has produced works such as "Crescent City” and “Invisible Cities,” the latter of which was a multimedia opera that took place at Union Station in downtown L.A. The upcoming “Hopscotch” is a work by six L.A.-based composers that will unfold in a series of moving cars.
In recent seasons, the L.A. Philharmonic has delved more deeply into the world of opera, producing the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy and Unsuk Chin’s “Alice in Wonderland.” For the upcoming season, the orchestra will present Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande,” conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, at Disney Hall.