Nashville Opera presents

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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November 10-12, 2023

LOCATION: Noah Liff Opera Center (3622 Redmon Street, Nashville)



Public On Sale: 5/21/2023

Michael Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

Sung in English with easy-to read English supertitles

Exploring the connection between the brain, existence and the soul, Michael Nyman’s opera THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT is a sometimes comedic yet often poignant story of a family coping with adversity through the healing power of music.  Composer Michael Nyman (who wrote the soundtrack to the movie THE PIANO) uses clever rhythmic repetition and varied orchestral color, pushing the story forward and builds dramatic tension, even if the scene in question is nothing more than a routine visit to a doctor’s office.  But the music tells us there is indeed something unseen living just below the surface.  As the opera progresses, the drama and the music meld further, until music becomes the dominant, driving, healing force in the character’s lives.  With this chamber opera. Nyman capture the wonder and mystery of the workings of the human brain, and then offers us the opportunity to experience the humanity behind the science.

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  • Wheelchair accessible seating is marked in first row seating on the seating map.
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