Top: Gerald Finley as J. Robert Oppenheimer; bottom: Oppenheimer with the first atomic bomb
John Adams and Peter Sellars' Doctor Atomic premiered at San Francisco Opera on October 1.
The opera depicts the days leading up to the detonation of the first atomic bomb in New Mexico in 1945.
Gerald Finley sings the title role, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer; the cast also includes Kristine Jepson as Oppenheimer's wife Kitty, Richard Paul Fink as Edward Teller, Thomas Glenn as Robert Wilson, Eric Owens as General Leslie Groves, James Maddalena as meteorologist Jack Hubbard, Jay Hunter Morris as Captain James Nolan, and Beth Clayton as Pasqualita, Kitty's Tewa Indian maid.
The creative team includes set designer Adrianne Lobel, costume designer Dunya Ramicova, lighting designer James F. Ingalls, sound designer Mark Grey, and choreographer Lucinda Childs..
San Francisco Opera's production runs through October 22.
Photos by Terrence McCarthy.
Top: Beth Clayton as Pasqualita, with a member of the San Francisco Opera corps de ballet; bottom: Edward Teller (second row) and others watch the detonation of the atomic bomb