Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera

We've got a first look at DOCTOR ATOMIC at Santa Fe Opera! Check out the photos below!

First performed in 2005, Doctor Atomic reunited composer John Adams with librettist and stage director Peter Sellars, whose earlier collaborations include Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. This new production, staged by Sellars, also marks the first John Adams work to be performed by the company.

Doctor Atomic takes place in Los Alamos during the summer of 1945, leading up to the detonation of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site outside Alamogordo. The text is a mosaic drawn from original sources, including personal memoirs, technical manuals, declassified government documents, poetry by Baudelaire and Muriel Rukeyser, the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Songs of the Tewa (as translated by Herbert Joseph Spinden), the Hindu Bhagavad Gita. John Adams describes his inspiration for the score as "the science-fiction movie music of the 1950s, which I watched as a little kid on black and white television. I remember how many started with some nuclear test in the desert...and the kind of fear that I felt growing up in the 1950s and 60s."

For the first time in their histories, the Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque Pueblos will come together to create an offering of a Corn Dance as a statement and gesture of healing after 70 years of atomic history in New Mexico. These dances are sacred. They are prayers. No photography or video recording will be permitted.

The gift offering will take two forms - one part is a ceremony taking place 35 minutes before the performance, lasting approximately 20 minutes, and the other part is a gifting of the sacred Corn Dance during Act II of Doctor Atomic.

The diplomatic and spiritual meanings of this event are powerful. This event will launch an enhanced relationship between The Santa Fe Opera and local communities.

"This event signals a new era for the Pueblo Opera Program of The Santa Fe Opera, which has 45 years of path-breaking history," said General Director Charles MacKay. "The cross-generational, educational, and community engagement dimensions of this step are enormous in the delicate social, political, and spiritual worlds of rural New Mexico."

The Pueblo Indians will be joined on stage by members of the Downwinder communities of New Mexico - residents who live downwind of atomic test sites and have developed multiple and complex cancers since the nuclear installations and tests.

We will also have participation and representation of workers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory - making these performances of Doctor Atomic an extraordinary occasion to present a deep history of the atomic age, speaking to the world from New Mexico, in the words and with the bodies of the communities most affected by this history.

For tickets and more visit https://www.santafeopera.org. Doctor Atomic runs through August 16th.

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Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
BEN BLISS (Robert Wilson)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Daniel Okulitch (GENERAL GROVES) AND Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
TIM MIX (FRANK HUBBARD) AND SUPERNUMERARIES

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
TIM MIX (FRANK HUBBARD)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER), Daniel Okulitch (GENERAL GROVES), DOWNWINDERS, AND ENSEMBLE

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER) AND Daniel Okulitch (GENERAL GROVES)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER) AND Andrew Harris (EDWARD TELLER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER) AND THE SANTA FE OPERA CHORUS

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER) AND Julia Bullock (KITTY OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Andrew Harris (EDWARD TELLER), Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENDHEIMER), SUPERS, AND DANCER

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
DANCERS, Ryan McKinny (ROBERT OPPENHEIMER), AND Andrew Harris (EDWARD TELLER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
DANCERS, MEREDITH ARWADY (PASQUALITA), BEN BLISS (Robert Wilson), AND TIM MIX (FRANK HUBBARD)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
DANCERS

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
THE SANTA FE OPERA CHORUS

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
Julia Bullock (KITTY OPPENHEIMER)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ATOMIC Comes To Santa Fe Opera
BEN BLISS (Robert Wilson)



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