'Doctor Atomic' Opera Brings Science To The Stage

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Gerald Finley (left) plays J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams' opera Doctor Atomic. San Francisco Opera hide caption

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Scene from John Adam's opera 'Doctor Atomic'

Gerald Finley as J. Robert Oppenheimer, left, in a scene from the world premiere of John Adams' Doctor Atomic. The atomic bomb to be tested hangs above the stage.

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Doctor Atomic, an opera by composer John Adams, examines the conditions and attitudes in Los Alamos leading up to the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" atomic test. Much of the libretto is made up of actual statements from scientists and military and government officials.

The opera made its debut in 2005 at the San Francisco Opera, and a new production, directed by Penny Woolcock, is now opening at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.


John Adams, composer, Doctor Atomic; author of Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life

Penny Woolcock, director

Gerald Finley, bass-baritone, title role, J. Robert Oppenheimer



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