NYC Premiere | Operatic Poem

Ellen West

January 14, 15, 17 & 18 at 8pm at 75 minutes

A remarkable operatic poem, Ellen West plunges into 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, 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 opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s journals, illuminating a psychological portrait of a woman at war with her body..


Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Saratoga


Co-produced and commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Opera Saratoga, and Sharon & Rochard Ellingsen with generous leadership support from The Poetry Foundation, The Ted and 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


Ellen West is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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.

The performance on January 14 at 8pm will be a special benefit performance. Tickets will cost $45-$125.

Ricky Ian Gordon

Frank Bidart

Emma Griffin

Lidiya Yankovskaya