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Nyman - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 8660398

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Matthew Trevino (bass)
Rebecca Sjowall (soprano)
Ryan MacPherson (tenor)
Nashville Opera

Conductor

Dean Williamson

Works

Nyman, Michael

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Artists

Matthew Trevino (bass)
Rebecca Sjowall (soprano)
Ryan MacPherson (tenor)
Nashville Opera

Conductor

Dean Williamson

About

Michael Nyman’s one-act chamber opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat takes as its subject Dr P, a man suffering from visual agnosia, or ‘mental blindness’, and is adapted from the neurological study in the book of the same name by Oliver Sacks. For Nyman, Dr P ‘requires music as a lifeline, cue, clue, cure’, living as he does in a world lacking visual meaning. It is through his musical gifts that Dr P reclaims meaning from chaos, Nyman’s tautly conceived masterpiece providing a perfect medium through which the moving drama can be explored.

Dean Williamson has a versatile career in standard and contemporary repertoire, and is earning worldwide acclaim for his perceptive and commanding conducting. He currently serves as Music Director of Nashville Opera where select conducting credits include Hydrogen Jukebox, Florencia en el Amazonas, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, and Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The production of Le Comte Ory he conducted at Des Moines Metro Opera was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Cast:
- Dr P: Matthew Trevińo (bass)
- Mrs P: Rebecca Sjöwall (soprano)
- Neurologist: Ryan MacPherson (tenor)

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