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Prism Prism

November 29 – October 2, 2018

An original LA Opera production

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera Off Grand and Beth Morrison Projects combine forces for a fascinating world premiere at REDCAT.

"Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent 'prism,' an opera composer is born."

Los Angeles Times

"prism" tells the story of an ill girl, Bibi, and her doting mother, Lumee, who live locked away from the world. One night mysterious voices seduce Bibi, fracturing her devotion to Lumee and causing her to question their isolated life.

"prism" explores the elasticity of memory after trauma, and the lengths one will go to to "feel better"—no matter the price.

Performances take place at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, 90012)

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.

The LA Opera presentation of p r i s m will be work’s world premiere, to be followed by performances at the PROTOTYPE Festival in New York.

Please note: This production uses strobe lighting. This performance contains scenes that depict partial nudity and sexual violence. Parental discretion is advised.

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


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


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

Running time approx: 1 hour, 45 minutes including one intermission.

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