Doctor Atomic

An Engrossing and Ominous Drama

Could there be a more perfect fusion of opera and venue than Doctor Atomic at The Santa Fe Opera? First performed in 2005, Doctor Atomic reunited composer John Adams with librettist/stage director Peter Sellars, whose earlier collaborations include Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. This new production, staged by Sellars, also marks the first John Adams work to be performed by The Santa Fe Opera.

Doctor Atomic takes place during June and July 1945, leading up to the detonation of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site outside Alamogordo. The text is a mosaic drawn from declassified government documents, participant letters and interviews, poetry by Baudelaire and Muriel Rukeyser, John Donne’s “Holy Sonnets,” the Hindu Baghavad Gītā, and a hauntingly prophetic Native American song. John Adams describes his inspiration for the score as “the science-fiction movie music of the 1950s, which I watched as a little kid on black and white television. I remember how many started with some nuclear test in the desert…and the kind of fear that I felt growing up in the 1950s and 60s.”


Season

2018

Music By

John Adams

Words By

Peter Sellars, drawn from original sources

Sung In

English

Instant Translation Screen

English
Spanish


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“[Doctor Atomic] stands as a major addition to the operatic repertory of this new century, the first to be inaugurated with the specter of instant death very much around us.”

The San Francisco Chronicle

Artists

Ryan McKinny
Ryan McKinny

Robert Oppenheimer

Julia Bullock
Julia Bullock

Kitty

Ben Bliss
Ben Bliss

Robert Wilson

Meredith Arwady
Meredith Arwady

Pasqualita

Daniel Okulitch
Daniel Okulitch

General Groves

Tim Mix
Tim Mix

Jack Hubbard

Peter Sellars
Peter Sellars

Director

Matthew Aucoin
Matthew Aucoin

Conductor

David Gropman
David Gropman

Scenic Design

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