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RICKY IAN GORDON
Ellen West
(2019)

Libretto by Frank Bidart

Commission: Commissioned by Opera Saratoga, Lawrence Edelson, Artistic & General Director; and Beth Morrison Projects
Premiere: June 30, July 6 and 12, 2019. Opera Saratoga; The Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, NY.

About the Opera:
Ellen West brings us deep into the personal internal struggle of a young woman’s battle with a severe, chronic eating disorder, as well as the attempts by her doctor to diagnose and save her. The opera is inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis.
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VICTORIA BOND
Clara

Libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger

Duration: 120′
Voices: Sop. 2Mezzo-sop. Ten. 2Bar. Bass-Bar.; Optional SATB Chorus
Premiere: April 14, 17, 21, 2019. Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e. V., Michael Hasel, director; Theater Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany.

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RICHARD WERNICK
String Quartet No. 10
(2018)

Duration: 16′
Premiere: March 21, 2019. Emerson String Quartet; Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, Germany
Movements: I. Prelude, Fuga, Pomposa & Postlude
II. Scherzo Serioso
III. Coda

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Earl Kim: Now and Then

…harrowing…

…spare, inspired text setting. Even without its horrific backstory, Kim’s trenchant work takes on significant power from texts from Chekhov (“The Seagull”), Beckett, and Yeats (“The Tower”).