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See a free performance of experimental opera in Union Station


Remember that contemporary opera that popped-up/flash-mobbed(ish) its way through Union Station last year in a series of sold-out performances?

If you do remember, you might like to know that opera, "Invisible Cities" by composer Christopher Cerrone, was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music.

If you don't remember, you've got a chance to hear it performed live one more time later this month, and celebrate the release of a recorded version at the same time.

The Industry, LA's experimental opera company that premiered "Invisible Cities" last year (along with LA Dance Project and Sennheiser), announced Wednesday it has opened an independent record label and its first release will be a studio recording of the opera. The opera will also be performed again Oct. 29, unstaged but with a full orchestra, back in the Union Station ticketing hall, for free. During the original performances, the audience heard the performance through wireless headphones while roaming around and watching the performers in the train station—this performance will be a bit more unplugged.

The Oct. 29 performance is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7pm (the performance begins at 7:30pm) and space is first-come, first-served. 

The opera is an adaptation of Italo Calvino's novel of the same name and it's about a dialogue between the emperor Kublai Khan at the end of his life with the explorer Marco Polo.

The recording will be available Nov. 4 via digital download on Google Play, iTunes, Bandcamp and wherever else you like to buy music. A limited release of physical copies will be sold online.

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