Join us for The Four Fiscal Quarters, an anti-capitalist opera that humanizes the cyclical nature of a corporate fiscal year.
Following a crisis in the form of a layoff of 35% of a company, four C-Level officers struggle to hold it together. What kind of identity re-calibration, restructuring, and asset management is required to keep the company productive and successful? What unseen forces gave rise to the layoffs and how will the humanity of its workforce be balanced with the need for efficient productivity?
The opera will be held outdoors in the heart of Pan Pacific Park. Come enjoy hierarchy-free BYO picnic seating where the orchestra pit is first come first seated. Perhaps your neighbor might share their opera glasses with you.
Note: The opera’s language is mostly in English, though there is heavy usage of fiscal and corporate jargon. Some subtitles will be provided.
Written and Directed by Zut Lorz
Composed by Vasco Cesaretti
Choreography by Caitlin Adams
Conducted by Linnea Sablosky
With collaboration from the Cast, Ensemble, and Crew.
Sharon Chohi Kim
Ari Balouzian Viola
Jeremy Wendel Jones Viola
April Guthrie Cello
Garret Lang Double Bass
Sandra Vu Percussion
Ryan Beal Keyboard
About The Cast
Mezzo-soprano, Jessica Rauch, is a champion of new music and has many world premiers among her credits. In contemporary and traditional operatic repertoire, she has performed with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera National de Lyon, Opera Theater of St. Louis and American Opera Projects, among others. Jessica was co-founder of the international educational outreach company Opera on Tap and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University.
Sharon Kim is a vocalist and composer. Recently, she sang in the West Coast Premiere of Sila: Breath of the World by John Luther Adams. Her performance has been described as “explosive” (Wall Street Journal, 2015) in her role as Lucha in Hopscotch with the The Industry Opera Company. Sharon has performed with such organizations as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera Company, The Industry Opera Company, Pasadena Opera Company, The Music Center, MOCA, Superchief Gallery, and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. She has toured Canada, South Korea and the United Kingdom singing experimental music. She received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts, and she is currently on the voice faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Micaela Tobin specializes in contemporary voice, recently performing with The Industry in their groundbreaking production of Hopscotch—a mobile opera for 24 cars (dir. Yuval Sharon). Credits also include the West Coast premiere of John Luther Adam’s Sila: The Breath of the World at the 2015 Ojai Music Festival, BODY SHIP at the 2016 New Works Festival at REDCAT (comp. Jeepneys), and the recent premiere of her own original opera, Unseal Unseam, at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Internationally, she has premiered new work at the XIII Festival Internacional Musica Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico, the New Music Encounters Plus International Music Festival in Brno, Czech Republic, and at the 2016 Vancouver New Music Festival. Micaela most recently performed with the group, clipping. on their East-Coast tour opening for The Flaming Lips. She is currently preparing to co-present Unseal Unseam at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA this fall.
Elsa Lund is a vocalist, composer, and teacher living in the Los Angeles area. She has worked in opera, art song, classical contemporary, world music, jazz, and pop styles. She hold a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, where she toured as a soloist with the acclaimed Concordia Choir and sang with the Fargo Moorhead Opera Company. In addition, Elsa is a recent graduate of the MFA program at California Institute of the Arts, where she studied voice with emphases in world music, sound art, and composition. Recent engagements include singing the title role of Offenbach’s La Belle Helene in Perigeux, France with the Franco-American Vocal Academy, a performance at REDCAT Calarts Theater with wild Up modern music collective and a performance of Swedish composer Lisa Homqvist’s piece Prayer as part of the REDCAT Hotel Theory exhibition. Elsa co-leads the Son Jarocho fusion ensemble Primero Sueño.
Free admission, RSVP recommended.
Opera located at the Pan Pacific Park Flood Control Basin.
Parking located at the Pan Pacific Auditorium, lot entrance on Beverly Blvd.
This performance is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.
Photo by James Chen