Doctor Atomic Oral History Project
Canadian Baritone Gerald Finley as Robert Oppenheimer
Canadian Baritone Gerald Finley as Robert Oppenheimer
Photograph Courtesy of San Francisco Opera

About This Project

Doctor Atomic was written by composer John Adams for San Francisco Opera in 2005. The oral history was designed to document the process of writing and preparing the opera for the stage, with the interviewees reflecting on the music, Peter Sellars’ eclectic libretto, and the casting, rehearsing and performance of the work. Interviewees for Doctor Atomic: The Making of an American Opera were Pamela Rosenberg, former general director of San Francisco Opera, music director Donald Runnicles, who condued the premiere, music administrator Kip Cranna, chorus director Ian Robertson, and composer John Adams. Caroline Crawford is project director of the American Composers Oral History Project.

Doctor Atomic Oral History Transcript

Video Excerpts
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Performance Excerpts
Science and The Soul: J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Atomic

Related Links
Doctor Atomic
The Exploratorium
The Metropolitan Opera
Boosey and Hawkes Doctor Atomic Page
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic

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