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Doctor Atomic
The Opera Singer and the Physicist (Podcast)
Date: October 8, 2005
How do opera singers sing loud enough to be heard over an orchestra? Can an opera singer's voice really break a wine glass? What's the difference between a baritone and a soprano? Discover the answers to these questions—and more!—in this presentation for families. Join physicist and composer Dr. Brian Holmes and San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald to explore how the art and science of singing combine in opera.
Dr. Atomic is an opera by John Adams with a libretto by director Peter Sellars. It's set in 1945 as scientists, led by Robert Oppenheimer, prepare to test the first nuclear bomb. Working with the San Francisco Opera and with advisor Richard Rhodes, the Exploratorium created a website that annotates the opera's synopsis and selections from its libretto with in-depth historical and scientific information, period images, and more.

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