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Dec. 27, 2008

Doctor Atomic - Act Two

by Karen A. Frenkel

On Monday, December 29, the opera will air at 9 pm on Channel 13 -WNET as part of the Great Performances series.

Act Two of Doctor Atomic careens toward apprehension and anguish while a storm rages and delays the test. It opens with Kitty Oppenheimer drinking wine while her Pueblo Indian maid sings a lullaby about preserving the earth. The bomb lurks above, behind are mountains draped in cloth. Blossoms and lightning, sings the maid in her contralto, blossoms and lightning.

Meanwhile, the scientists are terribly jittery. Read more

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