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.