Composer John Adams re-creates the tension at Los Alamos, 1945, the night before the first atom bomb is tested. Gerald Finley portrays Dr. Oppenheimer; the first act ends with a ... See full summary »

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Composer John Adams re-creates the tension at Los Alamos, 1945, the night before the first atom bomb is tested. Gerald Finley portrays Dr. Oppenheimer; the first act ends with a soul-searching aria, "Batter My Heart." (text by John Dryden). Written by dnitzer

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Excellent production of a remarkable opera
1 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Adams' Doctor Atomic is a remarkable work and one of the more interesting contemporary operas. This production is excellent and one of the better Met HD productions recently. The high definition as you would expect does look great, with clear sound, imaginative camera work and sharp picture quality.

The costumes and sets are highly atmospheric, and the staging and choreography are interesting. The orchestra perform this fine but very difficult work superbly, the conducting is brisk and sensitive and the chorus work is among the best the chorus have sung for these HD performances.

You couldn't have asked for better singing too. Gerald Finley is simply superb as Oppenheimer, he is athletic and his voice is still handsome. His Batter my Heart is one of the highlights of the opera and performed with such poignancy here.

Sasha Cooke is a very well sung and acted Kitty, though I marginally prefer Jessica Rivera in Sellars' production particularly for how beautifully done Am I in your light? Also highly effective are Richard Paul Fink who is dramatically powerful and vocally resonant as Teller, and Eric Ownes as Groves who displays a sonorous baritone and expressive acting making you feel amusement and pity for him.

Overall, excellent. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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