Doctor Atomis

By metropolitanOperafan
Written November 12, 2008
Loved it.
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Dr Atomic

By joanira
Written November 09, 2008
First opera I've seen that was made for film. I can't imagine those sitting at the met could have the experience of seeing the close-ups that reflect emotional experiences of the principals. Singers superb, the music seemed an odd mix of old minimalist evolving repetitiion and stravinskian jagged rhythms as in his symph in 3 mvmts. Arias w/o memorable tunes - perhaps a rehearing would change that judgment. Most disturbing: the characters exclusively self absorbed. Even the relation between Oppenheimer and his wife unbelievably seemed to lack any warmth - is this why she drank?
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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 3white
Written November 09, 2008
Excellent.
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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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