Music by Tobias Picker
Libretto by Aryeh Lev Stollman
Thousands lived to sleep…it’s not a fairy tale, but the incredible true story of Dr. Sacks, a young neurologist faced with treating victims of a mysterious sleeping-sickness epidemic of the early 20th century, a phenomenon of history nearly forgotten. Awakenings visits Sacks’ journey of perseverance and compassion that brought his ‘frozen’ patients back to being – but not to the world they left behind. With our current trials, this distinct retelling of the possibility of new life is even more resonant today.
Join Odyssey Opera in partnership with Boston Modern Orchestra for the East Coast premiere of Awakenings, a moving tale of hope, loss, and transformation.
Picker and Sacks in 2015. Photo credit: Bill Hayes, Sacks’s partner and writer at the New York Times
“Strong cast, evocative score bring Oliver Sacks’ “Awakenings” to operatic life” — Boston Classical Review
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Video by Kathy Wittman / Ball Square Films