Pulitzer Prize for Ellen Reid's "prism"

COMPOSER ELLEN REID'S p r i s m, a dramatically and sonically daring opera about the effects of sexual and emotional abuse, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music. 

The work, which features libretto by Roxie Perkins, had its world premiere in November 2018 as part of LA Opera's Off Grand initiative before coming to New York in January as part of the 2019 Prototype Festival. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Streetp r i s m was staged by director James Darrah and was conducted by Julian Wachner and Daniela Candillari. 

“Acquanetta” listed as one of Top 10 Performances in 2018

Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta. Prototype Festival

In any other season without a concert from Daniil Trifonov, Acquanetta would have stood head and shoulders above every other classical experience. Conceptually, Michael Gordon’s opera presented and completed the essential task of bringing together the premiere dramatic art form of the 19th Century—opera—with that of the 20th, film. And as one has come to expect from this great and strangely underrated composer, the music was gripping, both emotionally and physically. Add Mikaela Bennett’s riveting performance, and one had an unforgettable experience. (GG)