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Doctor Atomic
Science, Music, & Morals Part I (Podcast)
Date: September 13, 2005
A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.
Dr. Atomic is an opera by John Adams with a libretto by director Peter Sellars. It's set in 1945 as scientists, led by Robert Oppenheimer, prepare to test the first nuclear bomb. Working with the San Francisco Opera and with advisor Richard Rhodes, the Exploratorium created a website that annotates the opera's synopsis and selections from its libretto with in-depth historical and scientific information, period images, and more.

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