Awakenings Recording

Awakenings Recording Now Available

The world premiere recording of Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman’s opera, Awakenings, is now available to stream on Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music.

Set in a Bronx hospital in the late 1960s, Tobias Picker’s Awakenings tells the true story of neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, who received worldwide acclaim for awakening survivors of the “sleeping-sickness” epidemic of the 1920s from their decades-long, frozen-like state with the drug L-DOPA.

Probing into the themes originally explored by Sacks’s groundbreaking book, this sensitive operatic adaptation is the first to accurately portray Oliver Sacks as a shy gay man struggling with his sexuality.

Baritone Jarrett Porter plays the lead role of Dr. Oliver Sacks, alongside a cast including sopranos Joyce El-Khoury and Adrienne Danrich, accompanied by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera. Conducted by Gil Rose.