Staged by Penny Woolcock and conducted by Alan Gilbert, the production stars Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as physicist Robert Oppenheimer- a role he created in the work's 2005 San Francisco Opera premiere.
Other key players in the story, set against the backdrop of the Manhattan Project, include American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as wife Kitty Oppenheimer, Meredith Arwady as the Tewa Indian housemaid Pasqualita, baritone Richard Paul Fink as theoretical physicist Edward Teller and Philadelphia-born bass Eric Owens as General Leslie Groves.
The creative team is comprised of set designer Julian Crouch, costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt and sound designer Mark Grey. The extensively-used video projections are by Fifty Nine Productions.
Read more about the piece in the recent Playbill Arts Feature articles:
- Scientific Inquiry by Caroline Cooper
- Poetic Device by Thomas May
For information and tickets visit www.metopera.org
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All photos by Ken Howard for the Metropolitan Opera.