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Adams: Doctor Atomic
Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer); Jessica Rivera (Kitty Oppenheimer); Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves); Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller); James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard); Thomas Glenn (Robert Wilson);
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Renes
Stage Director(s): Peter Sellars
The longing to overcome human boundaries led the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to begin an experiment that formed a threat to the whole of humanity, and whose scientific results still do today. The question of the moral implications of the atomic bomb is raised in John Adams opera, just as much as that of the influence on the private lives of the main characters. Doctor Atomic is the fifth work to result from almost twenty years of collaboration between the American composer and his fellow American director and Erasmus Prize-winner Peter Sellars.
"The cast is flawless...Adams has created a beautiful provocative work that refreshes the repertoire." (The Times)
"Peter Sellars's film of the opera is expressionistic, claustrophobic, sometimes deliberately out of focus. The sound quality is exceptionally good, as is the singing and playing under conductor Lawrence Renes." (BBC Music Magazine)
Interview with Peter Sellars. Illustrated Synopsis and Cast gallery.