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Doctor Atomic : opera in two acts / John Adams ; libretto by Peter Sellars drawn from original sources.

Adams, John, 1947- (Author). Sellars, Peter. (Librettist).

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  • ISBN: 147681435X
  • ISBN: 9781476814353
  • Physical Description: 1 score (556 p.) ; 43 cm.
  • Edition: Full score, Archive edition.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Hendon Music : [2012], c2005.

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General Note:
At end: "Berkeley, CA, May 24, 2005."
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Summary, etc.:
Opera set in 1945 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, when the stress and anxiety experienced by key players in the Manhattan Project (Robert & Kitty Oppenheimer, General Leslie Groves, et al.) in preparing for the Trinity test (of the first atomic bomb) was climbing. Much of the text of the libretto is adapted from declassified U.S. government documents and communications among the scientists involved in the project.
Language Note:
English words.
Subject: Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967 > Drama.
Manhattan Project (U.S.) > Drama.
Operas > Scores.

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