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Nov. 25, 2008

Doctor Atomic: High Art in High-Def

by Karen A. Frenkel

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Act One

From the moment we see a huge, ghostly projection of the periodic table, to the conclusion of Doctor Atomic with the haunting voice of a Japanese woman repeatedly asking for water, this opera demands that viewers search their souls. We do so along with the scientists and soldiers of The Manhattan Project, their spouses, and those who worked for them. The opera takes place after the German surrender and delves into events one month before, and the day of, the test blast in Los Alamos in July, 1945.

I saw a Saturday matinee of Doctor Atomic via HD simulcast in New York’s Regal Union Square theatre, which was almost full. Audiences worldwide also saw the broadcast. Read more

About Karen A. Frenkel

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