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Works and Process at the Guggenheim Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Sunday, Apr 05, 2020 at 7:30PM

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  • Apr 2020

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    7:30PM

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Works and Process at the Guggenheim Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Sunday, Apr 05, 2020 at 7:30PM

New York, NY , United States of America




 

Works
& Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Awakenings by
Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman 
on Sunday, April 5,
2020 at 7:30pm.

 

This
opera recounts the fate of the thousands who in the 1920s succumbed
to a mysterious sleeping sickness, rendering them immobile and
voiceless for more than forty years. Through this time, daughters
grew up without their mothers, husbands remarried, and mothers wasted
away from grief. Decades later, a brilliant, young doctor, Dr. Oliver
Sacks, discovered a revolutionary treatment to bring his patients
back to life, though to a world they no longer recognized.

 

Based
on Dr. Sacks's book Awakenings, the opera is a
moving tale of memories, loss, and life rediscovered. Prior to its
world premiere, composer Tobias Picker, librettist Aryeh Lev
Stollman, conductor Roberto Kalb, and Artistic Director of Opera
Theatre of Saint Louis and Awakenings stage
director, James Robinson, participate in a moderated discussion with
performances from original cast members Joyce El-Khoury, Paul Groves,
Jarrett Logan Porter, and David Portillo.

 

TICKETS
& VENUE

$45,
$40 members (unless otherwise noted)

$10
TodayTix Lottery and student rush tickets one hour before
performance, based on availability (student tickets for those under
30 with valid ID)

Priority
ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 10 for $500+
Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the
Associate level and above.

For
more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon-Fri, 1-5 pm,
or visit 
worksandprocess.org.

Peter
B. Lewis Theater

Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum

1071
Fifth Avenue at 89th Street

Subway:
4, 5, 6, or Q train to 86th Street

Bus:
M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue

 

Lead
funding for Works & Process 
is provided
by 
the Ford Foundation,

Florence
Gould Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz Gilmore
Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund,
and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

ABOUT
COMPOSER TOBIAS PICKER

Tobias
Picker, whose music has been described as "displaying a
distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current
musical scene" by

BBC
Music Magazine
 and "a genuine creator with a fertile
unforced vein of invention" by The New Yorker, has
drawn performances and commissions by the world's leading musicians,
orchestras, and opera houses.

 

Picker's
operas have been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera (Emmeline),
the LA Opera (Fantastic Mr. Fox), the Dallas Opera (Thérèse
Raquin
), San Francisco Opera (Dolores Claiborne), and the
Metropolitan Opera (An American Tragedy). His operas have gone
on to be produced by New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, L'Opera de
Montreal, Chicago Opera Theater, Covent Garden, Opera Holland Park,
English Touring Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and many other
distinguished companies. In 2015, Opera Theatre of St. Louis mounted
a major new production of Picker's

Emmeline,
that garnered universal acclaim as "a work of gripping emotional
intensity and extraordinary musical expressivity" (Dallas
Morning News
); "one of the best operas written in the past
25 years" (Wall Street Journal); and "the greatest
American opera of the 20th century" (St. Louis
Post-Dispatch
).  In 2020, Opera Theater of St. Louis will
premiere Picker's sixth opera,

Awakenings,
based on the novel by Oliver Sacks.

 

In
addition, Picker has composed numerous symphonic works, commissioned
and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony,
Cleveland Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de Paris,
Munich Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic, Opéra de Montréal, Philadelphia Orchestra, San
Francisco Symphony, Vienna RSO, and Zurich Tonhalle among others. In
addition to three symphonies, he has composed concertos for violin,
viola, cello, oboe, and four piano concertos and a
ballet, Awakenings commissioned by the Rambert Dance
Company.

 

Tobias
Picker's discography includes the 2020 Grammy Award-winning "Best
Opera Recording" of Fantastic Mr. Fox (BMOP
Sound), as well as numerous recordings for such labels as Sony
Classics, Virgin Classics, Angel, Chandos, Ondine, Albany, and Wergo.
His upcoming releases include a debut recording of Dolores
Claiborne
 and a recording of his melodrama The
Encantadas
performed by the Nashville Symphony and narrated by Mr.
Picker himself, both for Naxos.

 

Mr.
Picker has received numerous awards and prizes and was elected to
lifetime membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in
2012. He served as composer-in-residence of the Houston Symphony
(1985-1990) and subsequently for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
and the Pacific Music Festival.

 

Picker
was born in New York City in 1954. He studied composition with
Charles Wuorinen and received his BM degree from Manhattan School of
Music in 1976. He has served as Artistic Director or Tulsa Opera
since 2016. His music is published exclusively by Schott Music.

 

ABOUT
LIBRETTIST ARYEH LEV STOLLMAN

Aryeh
Lev Stollman's is the author of three highly praised novels and
numerous short stories. His first novel, The Far
Euphrates
 (Riverhead) is a winner of a Lambda Award, an
American Library Association Notable Book, a Los Angeles
Times Book Review 
Recommended Book of the Year, and a
National Book Critics Circle Notable Book. The Far
Euphrates
 has been translated into five languages. His
second novel, The Illuminated Soul (Riverhead), is a
winner of Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribalow Prize.  

 

Mr.
Stollman's short fiction has appeared in Story, American
Short Fiction, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, 
and is
upcoming in LitMag. His story collection The
Dialogues of Time and Entropy
 was also published by
Riverhead, and his story "Lotte Returns!" was
commissioned and broadcast by National Public Radio.

 

His
third novel, Queen of Jerusalem, will be published
in spring 2020 by Aryeh Nir/Modan in Hebrew translation under the
title Divrei y'mei Naamah.

 

Mr.
Stollman has written the libretto for 
Awakenings,
an opera composed by Tobias Picker, based on the book by Oliver
Sacks, and commissioned by 
Opera
Theatre of Saint Louis
,
to be premiered June 2020.

 

He
is a neuroradiologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

 

About
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Opera
Theatre of Saint Louis is a spring festival featuring casts of the
opera world's most exciting singers accompanied by members of the
Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Each season, OTSL
presents four inventive new productions in English during the months
of May and June. In addition to presenting innovative interpretations
of classics, OTSL is also committed to premiering new and relevant
operas by prominent composers; since its inaugural season in 1976, 28
operas have received their world premieres at Opera Theatre. The
company's competitive young artist programs foster the next
generation of emerging American singers; these programs have been a
springboard for countless artists to launch international careers.
OTSL is led by General Director Andrew Jorgensen and Artistic
Director James Robinson.

 

Works
& Process at the Guggenheim

Described
by 
The
New York Times
 as
"an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the
creative process," for 35 years, New Yorkers have been able to
see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an
intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the
performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works
and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading
creators and performers. Most performances take place in the
Guggenheim's intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 273-seat Peter B.
Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new
residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new
works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim
rotunda. 
worksandprocess.org.

 

 

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