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Dean Williamson
“Michael Nyman crafted a brilliant and beautiful score based on variations of Schumann songs. Using Ich grolle nicht as generating material, he captures the decline of a man’s mind through fractal variations. The melodic and rhythmic elements disassociate and reassemble themselves in fascinating ways. Paired with Oliver Sacks’ sensitive libretto, we see music ultimately give the patient a sense of normalcy. The superb Nashville studio musicians bring their best to this recording. They play with fearlessness, clarity, and deep involvement, revealing the beauty and humanity of this opera. Though minimalist in spirit, this score breathes and sings melody and emotion.”

Dean Williamson, music director

NYMAN, M.: Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (The) [Chamber Opera]
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Michael NYMAN (b. 1944)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Libretto by Oliver Sacks, Christopher Rawlence
and Michael Morris

Matthew Treviño, Dr. P (Bass)
Rebecca Sjöwall, Mrs. P (Soprano)
Ryan MacPherson, Neurologist (Tenor)
Nashville Opera
John Hoomes, Stage Director
Dean Williamson, Music Director

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.

Listen to an extract from Scene 3:
The House Call: Bösendorfer!

About the Artists
Dean Williamson
Dean Williamson enjoys a versatile career directing both standard and contemporary repertoire. He currently serves as Music Director of Nashville Opera where his credits include Hydrogen Jukebox, Così fan tutte, Florencia en el Amazonas, Romulus Hunt, La fanciulla del West, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Roméo et Juliette, and Samson and Delilah. The production of Le Comte Ory that he conducted at Des Moines Metro Opera was nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award.
Matthew Treviño
Recipient of the “Best Singer Award” 2011 Austin Critics’ Table for his performance in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Matthew Treviño is one today’s most sought-after young basses. Operatic credits include the roles of Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Colline in La bohème, Hobson in Peter Grimes, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Ashby in La Fanciulla del West.
Rebecca Sjöwall
Lauded for her powerful, flexible and clear voice as well as her dramatic commitment to each work, Rebecca Sjöwall has performed a wide variety of roles, including the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Mimi in La bohème, Alice Ford in Falstaff, the Williamson girl in The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Violetta in La traviata.
Ryan MacPherson
Ryan MacPherson is one of the most highly sought-after young tenors of his generation. With a vast and growing repertoire, he is well-known for his captivating stage presence as well as his expertise in modern and contemporary music. He has performed with New York City Opera, the Buxton Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Dublin and Nashville Opera.
Nashville Opera Orchestra
The Nashville Opera Orchestra is an extraordinary group of instrumentalists comprising some of the finest musicians in the city of Nashville. Masters of contrasting styles—from Aldridge’s gospel-tinged Elmer Gantry to the sweeping orchestrations of Puccini’s Turandot—the players of the Nashville Opera Orchestra are equally at home playing operatic scores as they are working with the biggest stars on Nashville’s legendary Music Row.
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Penguin Guide ★★★

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Summa for Strings

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