Ellen Reid & Roxie Perkins’ ‘Prism’ Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music

By David Salazar

“Prism” has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Music.

The opera, by composer Ellen Reid and librettist Roxie Perkins, was presented by LA Opera Off Grand and Beth Morrison Projects this past season after premiering at the REDCAT.

“Few things are more gratifying than supporting the emergence of an exciting, exceptional and bold voice in the operatic scene,” said Christopher Koelsch (LA Opera’s Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO) in a press release. “We are so proud to have partnered with Beth Morrison for the world premiere of Ellen Reid’s insightful, incisive, wrenching, knowing, erudite ‘p r i s m,’ and thrilled that the piece resonated with the Pulitzer Prize committee. We can’t wait for her return to the LAO family.”

“’PRISM’ is a psychological, reverse narrative that deliberates on the post-traumatic stress that accompanies the suffering of sexual assault,” noted OperaWire’s review of the opera during its presentation at the Prototype Festival in early 2019.

Check out the trailer for the opera below.