composer and sound artist

Photo credit: James Matthew Daniel
Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize

I am blown away and incredibly honored to receive this year’s Pulitzer Prize in music. Composing p r i s m was a challenging, rewarding and deeply personal experience, and I hope this opera will help shed light on the experience of surviving sexual assault. While Roxie and I did not plan for the timeliness of the subject matter, I am so grateful that it has resonated with audiences. 

A massive thank you to the collaborators who are central to this work: Roxie Perkins, Beth Morrison and everyone at BMP, James Darrah, Julian Wachner and the folks at Trinity Church Wall Street, Chris Bordenave,  Rebecca Jo Loeb, Anna Schubert, Tatiana Barber, Charbel Rohayem, Gigi Todisco, Christopher Koelsch & LA Opera, Daniela Candillari, PROTOTYPE, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Garth MacAleavey, Adam Rigg, Molly Irelan, Pablo Santiago, Eclipse Projects, Adam Lesser, Karen & Randy Reid.

Now I’m going to listen to some Aretha to celebrate!

 

— Ellen Reid

“Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent ‘p r i s m,’
an opera composer is born.”

— LA Times (Mark Swed)

“a riveting new opera”

— I Care If You Listen (Catherine Womack)

“a fine line between poetic abstraction and gut-wrenching reality.”

— San Francisco Classical Voice (Jim Farber)

 

p r i s m   at LA Opera and PROTOTYPE

music by ellen reid
libretto by roxie perkins
directed by james darrah
conducted by julian wachner
produced by beth morrison projects

Ellen Reid commissioned by New York Philharmonic for 2019-2020 Season!

Dreams of the New World

World Premiere
Sunday, MAY 13, 2018 7:00 PM

at Walt Disney Concert Hall

libretto by Sarah LaBrie
lead research/dramaturgy by Sayd Randle
conducted by Grant Gershon
featuring LA Master Chorale and wild Up

Oscillations | 100 Years and Forever

by Ellen Reid

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Video Design: Hana S. Kim, Keith Skretch
Libretto: Sarah LaBrie
Lead Research: Sayd Randle
Musical Direction: Seth Houston
Vocal Soloists:
Kelci Hahn, Angelica Rowell, Jodie Landau, Joel Nesvadba
Percussion: Sidney Hopson

“Most memorably… you’ll see musicians stationed on every floor as they play through composer Ellen Reid’s booming commission.”

— Time Out Los Angeles

Thought Experiments in F# Minor with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

original music by Ellen Reid
commissioned by the LA Philharmonic

Buster's Mal Heart

Original Music for Buster's Mal Heart starring Oscar Winning Actor Rami Malek

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she recently became the first composer to have works premiered by Los Angeles’ four leading musical institutions — the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale — all within one year.

Ellen was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m, which addresses the psychological effects of surviving sexual assault. Other season highlights include a new work for the New York Philharmonic, and a collaboration with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller on a sound installation for the LA Phil’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. In the fall of 2019, Ellen begins a three-year appointment as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

With composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen is co-founder of Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program for young self-identified female, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers. She received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. Ellen splits her time between her two favorite cities — Los Angeles and New York.

Management

James Lemkin / Eclipse Projects
james@eclipseprojects.org

Ellen Reid at work