Dr. Atomic is a "modern" opera- i.e., don't expect a memorable melody line in any of the arias. At first, if you are familiar and love opera with a melody, the lack thereof can be either offputting or boring--without melody, I rely on the different voices for variety. After a while, I found that the words, which were sung in English, started to sound very poetic. The story of the creation and testing of the first atomic bomb and the main character Robert Oppenheimer is compelling, fascinating and definately thought-provoking, especially so for someone like myself, who remembers the Cuban missile crisis and the "duck and cover" bomb drills of the 1960's. The costumes and set design were intriguing. As for the singing--it's the Metropolitan Opera of New York City!!-in a word-superb! I also enjoyed the commentary during the intermission.