NYC Premiere | Operatic Poem

Ellen West

January 14*, 15, 17 & 18 at 8pm | January 19 at 3pm at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center | 75 minutes

Jan 14 at 8PM

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: Beth Morrison, President and Creative Producer; Opera Saratoga: Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director; with generous leadership support from The Poetry Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, Sharon & Richard Ellingsen, Kiki & David Gindler, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and NewMusic USA


The world-premiere production of Ellen West was 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, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

*every ticket to this performance includes a donation to support the vitality of this festival

$30 with PROTO Pack
$60 with Premium PROTO Pack

The performance on January 14 at 8pm will be a special benefit performance. Tickets will cost $65-$150

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.

29 Jay St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Subway: “F” train is the closest line. Coming from Manhattan take the F towards Coney Island – Stillwell Ave. to the York Street Station. It is approximately a 3 minute walk on Jay Street to GKA.

Ricky Ian Gordon

Frank Bidart

Emma Griffin

Lidiya Yankovskaya

Jennifer Zetlan

Nathan Gunn