NYC Premiere | Operatic Poem

Ellen West

January 14 at 7pm | January 15, 17 & 18 at 8pm at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College | 75 Minutes

Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, Ellen West is a remarkable new opera that explores 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. Poet Frank Bidart and composer Ricky Ian Gordon examine the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, “Ellen West.” 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 journals, which shine light on her deeply personal struggles.
Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Saratoga
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Saratoga with generous leadership support from The Poetry Foundation, The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, David and Kiki Gindler, and The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.
The world-premiere production of Ellen West is a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Saratoga.
Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

$30 with PROTO Pack
$60 with Premium PROTO Pack

Students and teachers can get a free rush ticket upon presenting valid ID. There is a limit of 1 ticket per person, and the ticket will be given out just before the House closes and the show begins. Entirely subject to availability.

695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065

Subway: Take the “6” to the 68th Street/Hunter College station or the “F” to the 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue station.
Bus: Take the M98, M101, M102, M103 or the Crosstown M66 to East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Imperial House Parking
155 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

Chelnik Parking Corp.
700 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Manhattan Parking System
202 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065

The performance on January 14 at 7pm will be a special benefit performance.

Ricky Ian Gordon

Frank Bidart

Emma Griffin

Lidiya Yankovskaya