#2856: Doctor Atomic

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John Adams' opera Doctor Atomic attempts to depict the first ever nuclear bomb test conducted by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. For this New Sounds, Adams talks with John Schaefer about filling characters' mouths with lines from the Bhagavad Gita and poet John Donne.  Also, listen for more opera by John Adams, including excerpts from his fairy tale, "A Flowering Tree" and more.

PROGRAM #2856, John Adams presents “Doctor Atomic” (First aired on Mon, 10/20/08)





John Adams

Doctor Atomic

Opening [4:30]
Act II, Scene 3, excerpts [11:00]

From the DVD production by the Netherlands Opera. Opus Arte #0998. www.opusarte.com

John Adams

The Flowering Tree

Excerpt, Act II [5:30]

Nonesuch Records**
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John Adams

Doctor Atomic

Act II, Scene II, excerpts [10:00]
Conclusion [8:00]

See above.