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Ellen West - Aeolus Quartet; Djordje Nesic (piano); Evan Premo (double bass); Jennifer Zetlan (soprano); Nathan Gunn (baritone);...
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This 2019 chamber opera by Ricky Ian Gordon sets a poem by Frank Bidart (plus an added prologue and epilogue in Bidart's own new libretto), which, in turn, was based on the life of a historical individual. Ellen West (1888-1921) was a sufferer from what would now be called anorexia, and Ludwig Binswanger, who was a member of the early generation of psychiatrists, labored unsuccessfully to treat her. Bidart's poem is suited to operatic treatment: it interweaves Binswanger's clinical notes with fictitious diaries and letters ...

Ellen West 2020, Bright Shiny Things

UPC: 738715291887