World Premiere of “Awakenings” Opera | June 5—24, 2022

World Premiere of “Awakenings” Opera | June 5—24, 2022

Nearly twenty years ago, Oliver Sacks wrote a letter to his friend Tobias Picker, whose opera, An American Tragedy, has just premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Dear Tobias…
I really think you have written a masterpiece … I could not think of the Music, the Drama and the Staging separately – they came together as a marvellous whole. It is easy to believe that it has demanded ten years of work, of your life…. I cannot help wondering what will come next … (as a sort of creator myself) I know that one is always thinking, consciously or unconsciously, of new ideas, projects, etc. In particular, of course, I wonder if you have had any further thoughts about Awakenings. — Oliver Sacks

Oliver shared many deep interests, especially in music, with Tobias Picker and his husband, Aryeh Lev Stollman, and they began discussing an operatic version of Awakenings in the late 1990’s. Stollman, is, like Sacks or Chekhov, a literary physician, who combines the acute eye and observational skills of a doctor and a novelist. In his libretto for Awakenings, he gives authentic life to the patients’ stories, these Sleeping Beauties who had missed living a normal life for so long, awakening as strangers in a new world.

The Awakenings Opera is composed by Tobias Picker, with libretto by Aryeh Lev Stollman, and commissioned for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Performed in English with projected English supertitles, accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

A recording from the October 2019 workshop for Awakenings, at Opera Fusion in Cincinatti, Ohio.

A recording from the October 2019 workshop for Awakenings, at Opera Fusion in Cincinatti, Ohio.

Event information

Dates:
June 5—24, 2022

Running Time:
2 hours, 30 minutes

Venue:
Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Road,
St. Louis, MO 63119

Event information

Dates:
June 5—24, 2022

Running Time:
2 hours, 30 minutes

Venue:
Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Road,
St. Louis, MO 63119

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