DISCOVER!OPERA is a program designed to introduce area high school students to opera through in school programs, and by providing free tickets to select performances as part of Opera Saratoga's annual Summer Festival. This summer, Opera Saratoga students who have participated in our in school programs related to ELLEN WEST may request free tickets to a performance of the opera. After each performance, students are invited to meet the cast at a post-performance reception. All performances are at The Spa Little Theater, in Spa State Park.
HOW IT WORKS: In order to obtain DISCOVER!OPERA tickets, students must sign up online before May 30th. There are limited free tickets available for each performance. Advance registations are required and tickets will be provided on a first come first served basis until the student allotment for each performance is no longer available. One ticket is available per student, and a valid student ID will be required to pick up DISCOVER!OPERA tickets at the box office. In addition to free student tickets, there are limited free tickets available to parents accompanying students.
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto & Poem by Frank Bidart
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.