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Composed by Ellen Reid

November 29 – October 2, 2018

World Premiere


World premiere: Ellen Reid's p r i s m

"Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent p r i s m, an opera composer is born."

Los Angeles Times

Presented at REDCAT, the world premiere of prism, by composer Ellen Reid and librettist Roxie Perkins, explores the post-traumatic stress experience after sexual assault. Directed by James Darrah, this Beth Morrison Projects production received subsequent performances at the Prototype Festival in New York and later in Sao Paolo, Brazil. A haunting, kaleidoscopic new work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma, prism was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music and was named Best New Opera by the Music Critics Association of North America. Composer Ellen Reid's music erupts with color, using choral and orchestral manipulation to deliver an eerily distinct sonic world.


Ellen Reid
Roxie Perkins


Anna Schubert
Rebecca Jo Loeb
Members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street


James Darrah
Conductor (Nov 29-30)
Julian Wachner
Conductor (Dec 1-2)
Daniela Candillari
Set Design
Adam Rigg
Costume Design
Molly Irelan
Lighting Designer
Pablo Santiago
Sound Designer
Garth MacAleavey
Choreographer / Assistant Director
Chris Emile
Creative Producer
Beth Morrison

Behind the Curtain: "prism" composer Ellen Reid with Brian Lauritzen

LA Opera Off Grand made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support from a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders.

p r i s m was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, David & Kiki Gindler, Linda & Stuart Nelson, and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, with additional support from Nancy & Barry Sanders; OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust; and National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works.

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