LA Opera Screens Ellen Reid’s ‘Kaleidoscopic’ Short Lumee’s Dream

The LA Opera presents a virtual screening of Lumee’s Dream, a new work composed by Ellen Reid (Music MFA 11) and inspired by her Pulitzer Prize-winning opera p r i s m. The “kaleidoscopic opera experience” screens from Friday, Jan. 29 to Thursday, Feb. 11 on the LA Opera’s virtual platform.

Reid was commissioned by LA Opera to create the work as part of its ”Digital Shorts,” a series of short vocal works made by pairing “extraordinary visual artists” with “today’s most in-demand composers.” Lumee’s Dream, which features a libretto by Reid’s frequent collaborator Roxie Perkins and co-directed by James Darrah and Adam Larsen, delves deeper into the themes of p r i s m

Even in the most turbulent of times, we all need to take a moment for contemplation. Overflowing with ravishing lyricism, Lumee’s Dream captures the inner thoughts of a mother as she muses on her teenage daughter’s vulnerability.

Get access to watch Lumee’s Dream for free here.

Reid is a Los Angeles- and New York City-based composer and sound artist best known for receiving the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music for p r i s m, which premiered in 2018 as part of the LA Opera’s “Off Grand” series. The work was lauded by Los Angeles Times classical music critic Mark Swed as “stunning” and “incandescent,” and went on to be named “Best New Opera” by the Music Critics Association of North America.

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