When you think of opera what pops into your head? An ornate concert hall with a well-dressed, largely older crowd, perhaps?
Well, in a new production, The LA-based experimental opera company The Industry is taking opera out of the stuffy concert hall and onto the gritty streets of Los Angeles.
Called Hopscotch, this new opera will take place inside 24 cars. Ticketholders will be whisked from scene to scene in different cars — mostly limos — to different locations throughout Los Angeles, while various singers, musicians and actors perform both inside and outside the cars.
If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around this concept, don’t worry. The Frame’s Michelle Lanz will clear it all up with this report.
A day or so before I attend a preview of the Hopscotch Opera, I get an email with GPS coordinates of where I’m supposed to be at exactly 2:30PM. The coordinates are important, because where I’m going doesn’t even have an address.
I follow my trusty Google Maps, and I end up on top of a hill in Elysian Park overlooking Dodger Stadium and downtown L.A. There’s a Hopscotch flag and an airstream trailer marking my destination. But this is hardly the place you’d expect to find one of the most ambitious operas ever produced in Los Angeles.
After previewing the show myself I can tell you that it definitely isn’t a hot mess. But does Hopscotch succeed in making audiences experience both opera and Los Angeles in a different way?
Audience member Tammy Silver seems to think so:
It was so peaceful and interesting and it made me look at the city, passing by in our little capsule of a car hearing opera music and maybe a flute or a violin and realizing no one else know what’s going on in this car. And that’s kind of how life is here in L.A.