Friday, April 30th 2021 - Sunday, May 2nd 2021
United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
I am excited to return to Tulsa Opera singing the role of Miriam in Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman’s new opera Awakenings, based on the 1973 book by famed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Awakenings, Mr. Picker’s sixth opera, tells the true story of his late friend, Dr. Sacks, who brought new hope to survivors of the great sleeping sickness pandemic, encephalitis lethargica, which swept across the globe in the early 20th century. Although millions died, many thousands lived on, left immobile like living statues. After nearly half a century, most of these had died as well, and those who had survived remained locked away in hospital wards, forgotten and “asleep.” In the late 1960s, as told in the book by Dr. Sacks, and adapted into a libretto by Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and neuroradiologist Aryeh Lev Stollman, Dr. Sacks began experimenting with the drug L-DOPA used to treat Parkinson’s Disease, and began to “awaken” these patients—men and women who had never stopped thinking or feeling—temporarily bringing them back to an active and engaged life.

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