PROTOTYPE NYC PREMIERE | OPERATIC POEM

ELLEN WEST

January 14*, 15, 17 & 18 at 8pm | January 19 at 3pm | 75 minutes

PROTOTYPE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE Jan 14 at 8PM | $65–$150*

 

 

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A remarkable operatic poem, Ellen West plunges into the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her. Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, poet Frank Bidart and composer Ricky Ian Gordon examine the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, Ellen West. Bidart’s poem, which serves as the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s journals, illuminating a psychological portrait of a woman at war with her body.

Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon
Poetry by Frank Bidart
Directed by Emma Griffin
Music direction by Lidiya Yankovskaya
Featuring Jennifer Zetlan, Nathan Gunn, and The Aeolus Quartet

Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Saratoga

Co-produced and commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects: Beth Morrison, President and Creative Producer; Opera Saratoga: Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director; with generous leadership support from The Poetry Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, Sharon & Richard Ellingsen, Kiki & David Gindler, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and NewMusic USA