Episode #2856

Doctor Atomic

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Monday, October 20, 2008

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.

John Adams

The Flowering Tree

Excerpt, Act II [5:30]

Nonesuch Records** *

John Adams

Doctor Atomic

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

See above.

Comments [3]

John Schaefer from WNYC

Vic, there is no CD of this music, but there IS a DVD, as listed in the playlist above. Don't know if the Met production will ever be on DVD (doubtful, since competing DVDs of the same opera doesn't make great business sense), but you can expect to hear the music on CD... eventually.

Oct. 30 2008 05:34 PM
Vic from Bernardsville, NJ

This opera must be a trip to experience live.
Heavy, but in the right mood, a must see.

Is there a version of Doctor Atomic (the music) currently available on CD?
Will this presentation of Doctor Atomic at The Met be recorded for release on CD and or DVD?
I hope so.
Great show John. I'm glad I caught your interview with John Adams.
Best regards.

Oct. 21 2008 01:13 AM
Steven Mitchell from Manhattan

Thank you for bringing John Adams. Please tell your guest that I've been a rehearsal pianist for the dancers at the Met - Dr. Atomic was my FIRST project with them. Wow. I want to tell him that he represents our country well - first with this mammoth opera in a style that reflects the best of writing in the U.S.A. and the fact that someone actually wrote about the bomb, nailing the responsibility on the U.S. even when government officials in office to this day won't take responsibility for their actions. Bravo to John Adams. As I said, he represents the U.S. so well!

Oct. 20 2008 11:19 PM

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