More about the Exploratorium website: Doctor Atomic
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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Doctor Atomic:  The Opera Singer and the Physicist (Podcast)
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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.

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Date: October 8, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Everyday Science

Keywords: human vocal chords, science of singing, physics of singing, physics of opera, physiology of vocal sounds, vocal projection, projecting your voice, human vocal folds, opera physicist, science of opera, vocal frequency, vocal resonance, vocal tract, articulation, vocali


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Doctor Atomic:  Science, Music, & Morals Part I (Podcast)
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A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.

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Date: September 13, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Art, History, Physics

Keywords: j. robert oppenheimer, atomic bomb, manhattan project, san francisco opera, nagasaki, los alamos, opera commentary, nuclear reaction, plutonium, implosion, nuclear fission, leslie groves, edward teller, composing, cold war


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Doctor Atomic:  Science, Music, & Morals Part II (Podcast)
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A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.

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Date: September 13, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Art, History, Physics

Keywords: j. robert oppenheimer, atomic bomb, manhattan project, san francisco opera, nagasaki, los alomos, opera commentary, nuclear reaction, plutonium, implosion, nuclear fission, leslie groves, edward teller, composing, cold war


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