The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (2016)


Michael Nyman (b. 1944)

Libretto by Oliver Sacks, Christopher Rawlence, and Michael Morris
after The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (1985) by Oliver Sacks

Release Date:  September 9, 2016
UPC: 730099039871
Nashville Opera
John Hoomes, stage director
Dean Williamson, musical director
Matthew Treviño, Dr. P (Bass)
Rebecca Sjöwall, Mrs. P (Soprano)
Ryan MacPherson, Neurologist (Tenor)
Dave Davidson, principal violin
Conni Ellisor, second violin
Simona Rusu, viola
Michael Samis, principal cello
Mary Alice Hoepfinger, harp
Amy Tate Williams, piano
Karen L. Haas, page turner
Pamela Sixfin, orchestra contractor
The Nashville Opera Orchestra musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 257.
Recorded at Ocean Way Nashville, May 2014
John Hoomes and Noah E. Spiegel, executive producers
Pat McMakin and Dean Williamson, producers
Pat McMakin, recording and mixing engineer
Joe Palmaccio, mastering engineer
Publisher:  Chester Music Ltd.
Liner notes:  John Hoomes and Noah E. Spiegel
Cover photograph:  Reed Hummell



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.