ELLEN WEST
WORLD PREMIERE (2019)

Website Ellen West Opera

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto & Poem by Frank Bidat

Commissioned by Opera Saratoga and
Beth Morrison Projects.

Sung in English with English Supertitles

Through the evocative poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Bidart and the beautiful music of Ricky Ian Gordon, explore 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, Ellen West is a remarkable new opera that brings the audience into the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, “Ellen West.” Throughout her life, Ellen filled journals and wrote poetry. Frank Bidart’s poem, which serves as the primary source for the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s writing, which shine light on her deeply personal struggles. This tour-de-force chamber opera stars soprano Jennifer Zetlan in her Opera Saratoga debut as Ellen, along side baritone Keith Phares as her doctor. The world premiere production is directed by Emma Griffin, also in her Opera Saratoga debut, with Lydia Yankovskaya at the podium.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production contains mature themes and is not recommended for young children.


PERFORMANCE DATES

Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at 2:00pm

Saturday July 6th, 2019 at 2:00pm

Friday, July 12th, 2019 @ 7:30pm


CAST AND CREATIVE

Jennifer Zetlan  Ellen West

Jennifer Zetlan
Ellen West

Keith Phares  Dr. Binswanger

Keith Phares
Dr. Binswanger

Lidiya Yankovskaya  Conductor

Lidiya Yankovskaya
Conductor

Emma Griffin  Director

Emma Griffin
Director


PRODUCTION TEAM

Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya
Director and Choreographer: Emma Griffin
Scenic Designer: Laura Jellinek
Costume Designer: Kay Voyce
Lighting Designer: Josh Epstein
 


 

PERFORMANCE VENUE

The Spa Little Theater
21 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866