‘Dr. Atomic’ Comes to Los Alamos

Met poster for ‘Dr. Atomic.’

Dr. Atomic, the opera by John Adams with libretto by Peter Sellars, is finally coming to Los Alamos in the film version of the Metropolitan Opera production. It will be presented at 2 p.m., Jan. 26 at Fuller Lodge by the Los Alamos Historical Society as part of the Atomic Film Festival.

In preparation for this first presentation of the opera in the real-life setting of its story, PAC-8 is broadcasting the 2006 lecture that was delivered by Karlyn Ward in Fuller Lodge in conjunction with the San Francisco premiere of Dr. Atomic. This talk creates a greater appreciation of the opera and its libretto. To hear the talk prior to attending the viewing of the opera, tune in to PAC-8 at one of three air times: 7 p.m. Jan 17, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 7 p.m. Jan 24.

Ward is an analyst member of The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and has written and lectured about the relationship of the psyche and music. “In her Los Alamos talk, she offered deep and interesting insights into the story of Dr. Atomic and the music interpretation,” Judith Stuaber, museum specialist at the Los Alamos Historical Museum said. Don’t miss the opportunity to combine these two events for an unforgettable experience.”

Run time is 2 hours, 51 minutes, followed by a discussion facilitated by special guest Lois Rudnick,professor emerita of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

The Atomic Film Festival was established by the Los Alamos History Museum in 2012. All films are shown free in Fuller Lodge with sponsorship support from Dr. Art Montoya, DDS, and Re/MAX Los Alamos.

For more information, email Judith@losalamoshistory.org or call 505.695.5254.