John Adams: Doctor Atomic

John Adams: Doctor Atomic

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, John Adams


A true modern classic, John Adams's opera Doctor Atomic was premiered in 2005 to critical and audience acclaim. In true Adams style, it tells the story of a major historical event through the exploration of character and psychology, rather than a simple retelling. In Doctor Atomic, that figure is Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer – the 'father of the atomic bomb' – in the lead up to the first test of his creation. Aside from the stunning score, Peter Sellars's libretto weaves together found sources as diverse as declassified U.S. government documents, John Donne sonnets and the Bhagavad Gita. This recording from 2018 stars the original 2005 'Oppie' Gerard Finley reprising his role, with the composer himself on the conductor's rostrum. read more