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dR. Atomic

By mailmannjosh
Written November 13, 2008
I am grateful for the Live HD MET performances. This is the first one I did not enjoy. I was disappointed by the music and the libretto. Mr. Oppenheimer was referring to his wife's dark tresses and she was a redhead. Such nonsense. All the music sung by Mrs. Oppenheimer was almost manic and too much to believe that anyone in their right mind would utter such words. Mr. Adams may have meant to be profound, but I found it annoying and unpleasant. My brother told me he thinks Mr. Adams the best contemporary American composer. I don't care to hear any of his other works.
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Batter Your Heart

By marybmary
Written November 09, 2008
This opera was one of the most shattering artistic expressions of horror and hope that I've ever seen. The only problem was the Met's chatter through the intermisstion. We needed silence.
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Great way to make the Met your local opera company

By Chippatino
Written November 11, 2008
The Metropolitan Opera has really thought through this effort to bring opera to the many people that don't live in New York City and might not have an opera company in their town. The camera work is amazing, allowing for more views and close-ups than on-site audience members of the receive. Interviews with the composer and the star are interesting. "Dr. Atomic" itself has a near perfect first act, with Oppenheimer's obsession and the military, political, and moral tensions surrounding the building of the bomb well-delineated and moving portrayed. The second act, for me, needed another pass through the revision stage. In particular, the purpose of the wife's aria seemed too ambiguous to serve the plot, the theme, or anything else around it. This aria aimlessness is not insignificant since it's quite long, and ends up distracting from what had been a tightly focused work. The opera regains it's footing in the last 5 minutes, as everyone awaits the results of the bomb's test
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Dr. Atomic

By rhadley1
Written November 09, 2008
Dr. Atomic from the Metropolitan Opera was excellent! We are so grateful to the Met and to the film industry for making these live performaces available at a theater here in our city!
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Dr Atomic

By 3white
Written November 09, 2008
Excellent.
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