Winter’s Child


Set in a Southern gothic landscape, WINTER’S CHILD reveals a world of rough earth, quiet prayer, and a mother’s fight to change her youngest daughter’s fate. This new opera, composed by Ellen Reid with text by Amanda Jane Shank, juxtaposes the worlds of the House, a quiet and folky space rigidly controlled by ‘Mama,’ and The Lake, a lush mystical expanse that holds ‘Child’s’ sisters.



Winter’s Child at First Take

Presented at The Industry’s First Take
Conducted by Christopher Rountree
Singers: Maria Elena Altany, Peabody Southwell, Stephanie Aston, Jessica Aszodi, Ariel Downs, Leslie Ann Leytham, Jessica Mirshak, Kirsten Wiest
Engineered by Nick Tipp


Winter’s Child at the Prototype Festival

Music Direction by Julian Wachner
Featuring NOVUS NY and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
Co-presented by Trinity Wall Street and Prototype Festival
Engineered by Nick Tipp


Interview in Stagebuddy Prototype Promo Video

“The chittering ambiguously ominous spirits of the three sisters are embodied in a six-member chorus, their warnings (threats?) emerging as from a shredding mist. Britten's Turn of the Screw is something of a gold standard for operatic ghost music; Reid's angular, shifty score never imitates it, but achieves comparably unsettling effects.”

— A Fool in the Forest


Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects

Libretto by Amanda Jane Shank

Story by Ellen Reid, Amy Tofte and Julianne Just


Soprano, Alto Soloists, choir of 6-15 treble voices, Bass Clarinet, Flugel Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Violin I, II, Viola, Cello, Bass, Prepared Piano/electronics, Percussion I, II, III


75 minutes