John Adams DOCTOR ATOMIC Original MET Opera Poster * POSITIVE * 4′ × 6′ 2008 Rare : Huge Poster for the New York City October 2008 Premiere of contemporary composer John Adams ground-breaking Opera " Doctor Atomic " at the The Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center , New York City . Featuring a stunning surreal " Positive " black and white photograph of the famed baritone singer Gerald Finley in the lead role as " J.Robert Oppenheimer ". Doctor Atomic is an opera by the contemporary post-minimalist American composer John Adams, with libretto by Peter Sellars. It premiered at the San Francisco Opera on October 1, 2005. The work focuses on the great stress and anxiety experienced by those at Los Alamos while the test of the first atomic bomb (the “Trinity” test) was being prepared. Jon Else directed a documentary about the creation of the opera, titled Wonders Are Many (2007). 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.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. Much of the text from the opera was adapted from declassified U.S. government documents and communications among the scientists, government officials, and military personnel who were involved in the project. Other borrowed texts include poetry by Baudelaire, John Donne, and Muriel Rukeyser, the Bhagavad Gita, and a traditional Tewa Indian song. Marvin Cohen, head of the American Physical Society, has criticized some parts of the libretto for not being strictly scientifically correct, in particular the opening lines. The opening chorus is an incomplete excerpt from the 1945 Smyth Report:“Matter can be neither created nor destroyed but only altered in form.Energy can be neither created nor destroyed but only altered in form.”Act I concludes with an aria sung by Oppenheimer with text from Donne’s Holy Sonnet XIV. The production of this opera is directed by the renowned film director Penny Woolcock and has been scheduled for October 2008. Doctor Atomic will premiere in New York at the Metropolitan Opera in October 2008 and also be part of the cutting-edge MetHD series and simultaneously be shown in Movie Theaters , before moving to the English National Opera in London. This Original Poster is Huge 4′ × 6′ wall size ( measures exactly 45" inches wide by 72" inches high ) and is printed on thick heavy chrome-coat advertising poster stock paper and printed in Beautiful Brilliant , Razor-sharp 6 color production. This is the Official Metropolitan Opera Poster for this limited run of the highly anticipated Opera : Doctor Atomic , and this poster is printed in very limited edition ~ we also have the " Negative " version poster in stock as well. Very Rare , Authentic , Doctor Atomic / Metropolitan Opera Collectible – ready for framing , or just simply hang as is. Great for an Apartment or Gallery , Living Room , Den or Office. Will be carefully rolled and shipped in a heavy duty tube and shipped priority mail with delivery confirmation / tracking .This Poster is in Brand New Condition.Available for immediate local pickup in Times Square NYC : Bring your own long tube if you like ( we just roll and rubberband them ). We ship Priority in an extra heavy duty tube ( 18 $ ) to anywhere in the U.S.A. > we also ship Internationally to Canada and Worldwide. Email about quick local pickup or shipping arrangements , our phone number and our exact Times Square location.
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