The Wake World is an opera with music and libretto by David Hertzberg. It premiered September 18, 2017, at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The Wake World was a co-presentation of Opera Philadelphia and the Barnes Foundation, directed by R. B. Schlather and conducted by Elizabeth Braden. The opera is based on the story "The Wake World" by Aleister Crowley. The opera's debut recording was released April 24, 2020 on Tzadik Records.
|The Wake World|
|Opera by David Hertzberg|
|Based on||The Wake World|
by Aleister Crowley
"The whole evening felt celebratory", Opera News wrote of The Wake World. The New York Times called the music engrossing. "Just five instrumentalists produce wondrous colors and sonorities. The score, spiked with modernist elements, makes Mr. Hertzberg seem a 21st-century Ravel", wrote Anthony Tommasini.
In 2018, The Wake World was awarded the Music Critics Association of North America Award for Best New Opera.
The New York Times listed the track "Is that you, my love?" from the opera's debut recording among 'The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020'.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 18 September 2017|
Conductor: Elizabeth Braden
|The Fairy Prince||mezzo-soprano||Rihab Chaieb|
|Morbus||tenor||George Ross Somerville|
|Pestilitas||bass||John David Miles|
|Giant/Bone Man/Man in the Azure Coat/Man of the Blue House||bass||James Osby Gwathney, Jr.|
- 2020: Elizabeth Braden, conductor; Jesica Beebe, Andrew Bogard, Samantha Hankey, Maeve Hoglund. Tzadik (TZ 4030-2)
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- Tommasini, Anthony. "5 Operas in 72 Hours: A Philadelphia Festival Is a Test of Survival". The New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- Dobrin, Peter. "O17 hits the Barnes with a hallucinatory fairy tale". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
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- Tommasini, Anthony (December 17, 2020). "The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 21, 2021. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
- David Hertzberg – The Wake World (2020, CD) at Discogs