"Awe-inspiring. One of the more complicated operatic enterprises to have been attempted since Richard Wagner staged The Ring of the Nibelung in 1876. Hopscotch triumphantly escapes the genteel, fenced-off zone where opera is supposed to reside."
"A defamiliarizing and ultimately haunting journey through the cityscape. With fantastical dream sequences and arias that describe the existence of parallel universes, Hopscotch is less a traditional plot than a trippy exploration of time and memory."
"Breathtaking. A glorious patchwork portrait of Los Angeles, Hopscotch could be the future of the genre. Immersive, surprising, and decidedly modern."
"Hopscotch may be referred to years from now as the project that redefined opera for the early 21st century. The overwhelming impact and uniqueness of Hopscotch leaves you awestruck."
"An incredibly intimate and yet infinitely vast experience. Unquestionably meaty in concept, thought provoking in themes and sonics and gargantuan in logistical execution."
"After Invisible Cities, I should have known I was in for something challenging, innovative, complex, and epic. I had no idea. Hopscotch fractures everything you think you know about opera, and forces you to stretch your brain."
"Site-specific performance at its best. Inspired, massive, complicated, and magical."
"The most intimate opera performance I'd ever experienced. Hopscotch gives Los Angeles a starring role."
"One of the most comprehensive, expansive and poetic reflections of life in Los Angeles that I’ve ever seen. To experience it is to travel in both actual and fragmented time. To experience feelings of both bewilderment and belonging. To momentarily find a center in a place that will defiantly forever be more of a montage than a snapshot."
"A theatrical experience that defies description and will blow your mind."
"One of the most audacious cultural events of the year."
One of four reasons Los Angeles is listed as the #1 city in the world for the future of Design in Wired Magazine
"L.A.’s most anticipated new opera takes place in cars — of course."
"A masterpiece of logistics and a remarkable fusion of variety and consistency. Hopscotch has broken the fourth wall with a vengeance, not merely freeing opera from the opera house, but making its heightened expression the sound of real, everyday and inner life."
The company that created Invisible Cities
wants to move you in a whole new way with Hopscotch.
Imagine getting in a car without knowing the destination. Sharing the car are singers, actors, and instrumentalists who draw you into a story. The car stops at an incredible site, where another chapter of the story commences – until another car pulls up, with different artists, depicting another chapter of the story.
And so on, and so on, in a 90-minute journey throughout the unsuspecting city.
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The Central Hub
Four audience members at a time experience the opera in the intimacy of the car – but everyone can experience Hopscotch for free at the Central Hub.
All 24 journeys throughout Los Angeles will be live-streamed to a temporary structure at SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
The dazzling panorama of simultaneous life in Los Angeles will be experienced with Sennheiser’s Guideport technology, allowing you to focus on any one of the 24 chapters.
The Central Hub is also the site of the Finale, performed once a day, where all of the cars' journeys converge. The solitude of driving transforms into an ecstatic vision of community in Los Angeles.
Hopscotch is presented with the support of Sennheiser and SCI-Arc, and with the cooperation of Grand Central Square Limited Partnership, Downtown Properties, Toy Factory Lofts Homeowners Association, Libros Schmibros, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Clockshop and California State Parks, John Ladner and Mark Lipscomb, Los Angeles Chinatown BID, Vibiana, Loftquinox LLC, DTLA Rent LLC, CalArts, and University of Southern California.
Leadership Support for the production of Hopscotch comes from the Aileen Getty Foundation, Kiki and David Gindler, and the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Foundation. The music of Hopscotch is commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Yuval Sharon’s “Director’s Chair” is underwritten by Stephen Block, Leslie Lassiter, and Raulee Marcus.
Major Support for the production is also provided by Mary Ann O’Connor and Stuart Meiklejohn, Daniel and Dylan Lewis, Hyon Chough and Maurice Singer, Ruth Gilliland and Arthur Rieman, Abby Sher, The Feintech Family, Adam Paris, Jerry Kohl and Ruth Eliel, Susan Baik, Fariba Ghaffari, Betsy Greenberg, Bill Anawalt and Anawalt Lumber. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Colburn Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Rosenthal Family Foundation, Carmel Partners, Dew Foundation, and The Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation.
Additional commissioning support for Hopscotch animations is provided by Pretty Grenade: The Artist First.
Additional music commissioning support for Ellen Reid is provided by OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
Hopscotch features collaborations with Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, gnarwhallaby, and Self Help Graphics.
The Industry has partnered with LUXE to provide parking services for Hopscotch.
This is how it will work: LUXE valets will meet you at your departure point to park your car in one of the Luxe secure lots. Your car will be waiting for you when you return from your Hopscotch ride.
Download the app before you arrive at your departure point. Then at least 15 minutes before your arrival, sign in and enter the code we email with your tickets so the valet will be ready for you.
We advise you to try it for free once before Hopscotch so you understand how it works!