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The contemporary opera Doctor Atomic transports us back to July 15, 1945, when preparations for the first test of an atomic bomb are underway. Scientists aren't quite sure what will happen - only one thing is certain: the world will never be the same again.
This stirring opera by the American composer John Adams focuses on the thoughts and fears of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his colleagues at a crucial moment in history. In the fine line between genius and lunacy, a silent voice persists in its query: Was constructing the atom bomb the right course of action? The moments leading up to the test prove to be a moment of truth for everyone involved.
Adams has composed an impressive, melodic and rhythmically persuasive opera on a topical subject, delving into questions people who choose to confront the forces of nature are obliged to consider.
A production of Saarländisches Staatstheater.
Show time: Fri 4 Nov 2011 19:00
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