John Adams – Doctor Atomic (DVD)

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John Adams
Doctor Atomic – Opera in two acts to a libretto by Peter Sellars

J. Robert Oppenheimer – Gerald Finley
Kitty Oppenheimer – Jessica Rivera
General Leslie Groves – Eric Owens
Edward Teller – Richard Paul Fink
Jack Hubbard – James Maddalena
Robert Wilson – Thomas Glenn
Captain James Nolan – Jay Hunter Morris
Pasqualita – Ellen Rabiner
Lieutenant Bush – Ruud van Eijk

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Renes

Peter Sellars – Director
Lucinda Childs – Choreographer
Adrianne Lobel – Sets
James F. Ingalls – Lighting
Dunya Ramicova – Costumes

Recorded in June 2007 in Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam


Reviewed by: Andrew Maisel

Reviewed: October 2008
CD No: OPUS ARTE
OA 0998D (2 DVDs)
Duration: 3 hours 50 minutes [including extra features and an interview with Peter Sellars]

et al are suitably on form, the only weak link being Ellen Rabiner’s coarse Pasqualita. Lawrence Renes handles the shifts from the fitful bursts and huge orchestral explosions to the more tender and intimate passages with admirable aplomb, allowing the wealth of detail in this complex score to fully shine.

The second DVD comes with four “mini documentaries” on the production and cast and an extended interview with Sellars.

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