Doctor Atomic, the opera composed by John Adams with a libretto by Peter Sellars, closes this weekend in Chicago. Premiered in 2005, the current production has been tweaked slightly, and has met with excellent reviews in the NY Times. I’m hoping to catch it in its current incarnation next year in Atlanta.
The opera focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Trinity Project, which led to the first test of a nuclear bomb in New Mexico during World War II.
Adams burst onto the opera scene with his 1985-7 work, Nixon in China. He now has composed six operas, and is arguably THE major contemporary force in American opera.