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Doctor Atomic Met Opera


doctor_atomic.jpgDubai Event Management Corporation are giving you the opportunity again to watch a live screening via satellite of Doctor Atomic at Madinat Jumeirah on 8th of November.

The second screening this season will be John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece - Doctor Atomic, explores a momentous episode of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb. Director Penny Woolcock makes her Met debut with this gripping story that changed the course of history.

Doctor Atomic is similar in style to previous Adams operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, both of which explored the characters and personalities that were involved in historical incidents, rather than a re-enactment of the events themselves.

The first act takes place about a month before the bomb is to be tested, and the second act is set in the early morning of July 15, 1945 (the day of the test). During the second act, time frequently slows down for the characters and then snaps back into reality. The opera ends in the final, prolonged moment before the bomb is detonated. Although the original commission for the opera suggested that U.S. physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb," be fashioned as a twentieth-century Doctor Faustus, Adams and Sellars deliberately attempted to avoid this characterization.

The work centers on Kitty Oppenheimer, Robert's wife, and her anxiety over her husband's project, set against tensions among key players in the Manhattan Project, especially General Leslie Groves. Sellars adapted the libretto from primary historical sources. The libretto also quotes from the Bhagavad Gita, songs of the Tewa, the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, and the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser.

Event Date: 8th of November

Show commences: 10:00pm

Running Times: 3 hours 25 Minutes

Tickets: Stalls 350 AED, Balcony 200 AED

Dress Code: Smart

Not suitable for 10 years old and below.

www.madinattheatre.com


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