Doctor Atomic
Composer: John Adams
Librettist: Peter Sellars
Other Artistic Personnel: Donald Runnicles (Conductor)
Peter Sellars (Director)
Original Cast: Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer)
Kristine Jepson (Kitty Oppenheimer)
Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller)
Thomas Glenn (Robert Wilson)
James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard)
Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves)
Jay Hunter Morris (Captain James Nolan)
Beth Clayton (Pasqualita)
Work Web Site:
Premiere Date: October 01, 2005
Producing Company: San Francisco Opera
Description: Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 1945: Germany has surrendered but Japan fights on, potentially costing hundreds of thousands more lives.

In the New Mexico desert a group of young physicists, led by the brilliant, complex J. Robert Oppenheimer, have labored furiously in race against Hitler to develop the world's first atomic bomb. In the unbearable tension of the final hours before the first test explosion, they confront huge moral questions, and grapple with the magnitude of the "gadget's" consequences.
Character List (Major): Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (bar)
Kitty Oppenheimer (s)
Edward Teller (b)
Robert Wilson (t)
Pasqualita (con)
General Leslie Groves (bar)
Character List (Minor): Jack Hubbard (bar)
Captain James Nolan (t)
Reviews: New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, 12/17/07; New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, 10/14/08; New York Times, Dennis Overbye, 10/18/05; New York Magazine, Justin Davidson, 10/21/08; Scientific American, Michael Shermer, 11/11/08; The Independent, Edward Seckerson, 2/26/09; Newsweek, Vibhuti Patel, 10/15/08; Stanford OperaGlass, Judy Richter;
Video Clip:
Length: 02:53
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: SSSAATTBB (scientists, technicians, wives and military personnel working on the atomic bomb)
Orchestration: 3 fl(2 picc), 3 ob(Eng Hrn), 3 cl(Ebcl, bcl, dbcl), 3 bsn(dbn) - 4 hrn, 3 tpt(pic tpt), 3 tbn, 1 tba - hp, cel, timp, 4 perc(thunder sheet, glsp, tgl, tuned gong, crot, susp.cym, med tam-t, BD, 2 roto toms, chinese cym, SD, tuned gongs/chimes, lg tam-t, sus chinese cym, crot, BD, tgl/tuned gongs, lo gong, susp cym, thunder sheet, med tam-tlg tam-t, hi susp cym, xyl, crot, chimes, low susp cym, antique cym, hi tgl, met tam-t, sm tam-t, med gong, alarm bell, BD/lg chinese cym, susp cym, tam-t, tuned gongs, BD, 2 high tgls, bass chime) - computer controlled sound system - str
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
E-mail Address:
Phone: 212-358-5300
Publisher Web Site:
Audio Visual Materials
San Francisco Opera

Gerald Finley and San Francisco Opera Orchestra


From left to right: Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer)
Courtesy of: San Francisco Opera; Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy

From left to right: Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer), Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller), Beth Clayton (Pasqualita)
Courtesy of: San Francisco Opera; Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy

From left to right: San Francisco Opera Chorus
Courtesy of: San Francisco Opera; Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy

From left to right: Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller), Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer)
Courtesy of: San Francisco Opera; Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy

From left to right: James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard), Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves)
Courtesy of: San Francisco Opera; Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2004 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Dr. Atomic
Awardee: San Francisco Opera
Director: Peter Sellars
Schedule of Performances Listings
Doctor Atomic (Adams)
Monday, October 13, 2008 - Metropolitan Opera
Doctor Atomic (Adams)
Friday, December 14, 2007 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
Doctor Atomic (Adams)
Saturday, October 1, 2005 - San Francisco Opera
mom have massage son son friends vs mum xxx
To have your company’s photos included in the header rotation, send photos that are at least 1200px wide and 550px tall to Please note that submission of photos does not guarantee inclusion.
All OPERA America facilities are handicapped accessible. The National Opera Center features ground-level entry with elevators to the venue. All spaces are wheelchair accessible, and modular seating can be arranged to accommodate wheelchair users for all programs and performances. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available on all floors.
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.796.8620 • Fax: 212.796.8621

Privacy PolicyReturns Policy
Financial Statements
© Copyright 1995-2017 OPERA America Inc.

Technical issue with the website? Let us know.