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Lumee's Dream Lumee's Dream

Composed by Ellen Reid, with libretto by Roxie Perkins

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A digital short that dives deeper into emotions and 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. It takes inspiration from a rare moment of reflection in "p r i s m," the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by composer Ellen Reid and librettist Roxie Perkins, which premiered at LA Opera in 2018. Co-directors James Darrah and Adam Larsen create a visual poem, filling the digital screen with kaleidoscopic imagery.

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“Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent 'p r i s m,' an opera composer is born.”

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Ellen Reid
Roxie Perkins
Co-Director & Director of Photography
James Darrah
Co-Director, Editor & Effects Designer
Adam Larsen

Musical Soloists

Rebecca Jo Loeb
Nadia Sirota

Onscreen Performers

Sasha Rivero
Anna Schubert

Notes, Lyrics & Credits

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Notes, Lyrics & Credits

A Note from Composer Ellen Reid
Lumee's Dream is an aria from "p r i s m," an opera I wrote with librettist Roxie Perkins. Lumee, one of the two main characters, sings this aria while smoking outside a nightclub in the second act, giving us a window into her selfish fantasies. The Digital Shorts video, directed by James Darrah, who also directed the opera, is not taken from the production, but is conceived as a companion piece, probing the character's imagined reality. Nadia Sirota channels Lumee through her viola playing, Rebecca Jo Loeb gives voice to the character, and Sasha Rivero and Anna Schubert's physical performances give us a window into her soul. 

Lumee's Dream
Text by Roxie Perkins

I had my favorite dream last night, the one about us.
In the dream I'm a young golden maiden and your hair is dark like a crow.
We live in a stone sanctuary on top of a hill, outside our window is a great sea. Dark, dark, dark blue water. Dark blue without a floor.
And I hear them outside waiting, wanting, and I know what I must do for you.
Careful not to wake you, I hurl myself out of the window.
I am copper and feather slicing through the night and no one can see me.
Down I sink like they want me to.
I stay there all night.
At dawn they are done with me.
Exhausted, I pull my dripping body back to our window where I watch you sleep peacefully as I dry.

Lumee's Dream (Ellen Reid installation mix)   
Composed by Ellen Reid
Libretto by Roxie Perkins
Concept and Direction by Adam Larsen and James Darrah
Director of Photography: James Darrah
Editor and Effects Design: Adam Larsen
Featuring: Sasha Rivero and Anna Schubert

Mezzo-soprano soloist: Rebecca Jo Loeb
Viola soloist: Nadia Sirota
Harp: Bridget Kibbey
Violin: Amy Schroeder
Violin: Rob Moose
Viola: Nathan Schram
Cello: Andrew Yee
Percussion: Matt Smallcomb
Electronics: Ellen Reid

Produced by Ellen Reid and Nadia Sirota 
Recorded by James Yost at Reservoir, New York, NY
Mixed by Lewis Pesacov at Ahata Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles, CA
Project Manager: James Lemkin for Eclipse Projects 
Filmed at Wilhardt and Naud, Los Angeles
Special Thanks to Jonny Black

Inspired by Lumee’s Dream, an arrangement and short film commissioned by LA Opera, first produced in Los Angeles in January 2020 
Lumee’s Dream premiered in its original form in the opera "p r i s m" 
Music by Ellen Reid
Libretto by Roxie Perkins
World premiere by Beth Morrison Projects, LA Opera and Prototype Festival
Ellen Reid Music (ASCAP) Worldwide rights administered by Soundrights Music (ASCAP), a division of Modern Works Music Publishing
A Decca Gold Release;  ©2020 Ellen Reid, Under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc. 

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