The winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, streaming online for two weeks only.
"p r i s m" concluded streaming on February 8, 2021. We hope you enjoyed the performance.
A mother and daughter lock themselves away from the world to protect themselves from the dangers lurking outside. But when the girl’s memories contradict her mother’s stories of the past, she must choose between discovering the truth or holding on to the comforts of the only life she's ever truly known.
This unforgettable work by composer Ellen Reid and librettist Roxie Perkins erupts with color, using choral and orchestral manipulation to deliver an eerily distinct sonic world as it explores the trauma of sexual abuse and the elasticity of memory that can follow in its wake.
A Beth Morrison Projects production directed by James Darrah, the opera had its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2018, presented by LA Opera Off Grand at REDCAT, then received subsequent performances at the Prototype Festival in New York and later in São Paolo, Brazil. The opera was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music and was named "Best New Opera" by the Music Critics Association of North America.
After watching "p r i s m," be sure to check out Lumee's Dream, a new Digital Short by the same creative team that dives deeper into the themes and emotions of the acclaimed opera.
Advisory: This performance contains scenes that depict partial nudity and sexual violence. Parental discretion is advised. This production uses strobe lighting.
"Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent 'prism,' an opera composer is born."
Notes & Credits
Don't miss Ellen Reid's Digital Short Lumee's Dream, inspired by a scene in "prism." Available to stream for free beginning January 29. Learn More
The running time is approximately 82 minutes.
LA Opera Off Grand is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional support for prism from a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders.
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, David & Kiki Gindler, Linda & Stuart Nelson, and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, with additional support from Nancy and 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. Developed by Beth Morrison Projects, Lyric Theatre @Illinois, Arizona State University School of Music, Trinity Wall Street, and PROTOTYPE Festival.