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  • October 18, 2019
  • By Chris
  • Comments Off on “Awakenings”, Tobias Picker’s Sixth Opera, Premieres at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in June 2020
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“Awakenings”, Tobias Picker’s Sixth Opera, Premieres at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in June 2020

Picker’s sixth opera, Awakenings, set to a libretto by Aryeh Lev Stollman and based on Dr. Oliver Sacks's book of the same name, is premiered at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis (OTSL) in June 2020, with James Robinson directing and Roberto Kalb conducting.

From OTSL:

"Imagine watching the world pass you by…but being unable to do anything about it. Such was the fate of thousands who succumbed to a mysterious sleeping sickness, rendering them immobile and voiceless for more than forty years. As time went on, daughters grew up without their mothers, husbands remarried, and mothers wasted away from grief. Decades later, a brilliant young doctor discovered a revolutionary treatment to bring his patients back to life in a world they no longer recognized. Based on the true story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, Awakenings is a moving story of memories, loss, and life rediscovered."

Tickets on sale now. Click here to learn more.

  • October 18, 2019
  • By Chris
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Tobias Picker Conducts “Emmeline” at Tulsa Opera

On May 1 and 3, Tobias Picker conducts Emmeline at Tulsa Opera, where he has served as Artistic Director since 2016. This new production is set across the 1930s and 1950s. Based on a true story and the book Emmeline by Judith Rossner, the opera tells the story of an American teenager who is forced to give her illegitimate child up for adoption, only to fall from grace when family secrets are revealed twenty years later.

Originally set in mid-nineteenth-century Maine, this world-premiere production by director Tara Faircloth updates the opera for a contemporary audience.

Learn more about this exciting new production and purchase tickets here.

Emmeline (1995)
an opera in two acts
based on the novel by Judith Rossner
libretto (Eng) by J.D. McClatchy
4S, 2Mz, 2T, 2Bar, 2B; women’s chorus
2(2.pic).2.ca.2.bcl.0-4.2.3.0-2timp-hp.pno.harmonica(or synth)-str (on stage violin)
120’
Chamber version (arranged by Samuel Bill, 2009)
4S, 2Mz, 2T, 2Bar, 2B; women’s chorus
1(pic).1(ca).1(bcl).1-2.1.1.0-timp-hp.pno-str(4.3.2.2.1 min)

  • October 18, 2019
  • By Chris
  • Comments Off on Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on BMOP Sound
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Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on BMOP Sound

A new recording of Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox has been released by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP). Gil Rose leads a cast of star singers including John Brancy as Mr. Fox, Edwin Vega as Farmer Bruce, and Elizabeth Futral as Miss Hedgehog. For more information about the new CD and to order a copy, click here.

A modern fable, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story about good vs. evil, animal vs. human, nature vs. technology. With the help of the other creatures of the forest, Mr. Fox must outwit his human adversaries to keep his family safe. Mr. Fox finds that he may have stolen one hen too many from the henhouse, as farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean) conspire to rid their lands of the Fox family once and for all. But our Fox family friends are able to evade capture with the help of some woodland allies, leaving the farmers laying in wait while the animals help themselves to the fruit of the farmers’ lands. Having had their revenge, the animals return for a sumptuous feast far from danger in the Foxes‘ new home, while the farmers continue to wait in vain in the rain. In addition to the original English language text, the opera is also available in a German singing translation.

To learn more about Tobias Picker, visit schott-music.com.

Tobias Picker
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
libretto (Eng) by Donald Sturrock, based on the book by Roald Dahl
for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 3 tenors, 2 baritones, bass-baritone, bass and children's chorus
2(1.afl,2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-4.2.2(2.btbn).1-timp.2perc-hp.pno-str
60’-80’

Reduced Orchestration Version (arr. 2010)
1(pic, afl).1(ca).1(bcl).1(cbsn)-2.1.0.1-timp.perc-hp.pno-str(vn.va.vc.db)

Chamber Version for 7 players (arr. 2010)
cl(bcl).bsn-perc-pno-vn.va.vc

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