But before that, on Sept. 1, San Franciscos Exploratorium museum will launch a website to annotate the lyrics and give historical insight into American composer John C. Adams upcoming work.
Exploratorium spokesman Robert Semper says their researchers annotated the lyrics not because theyre too brainy for opera-goers, but to provide additional context to the operas libretto that was taken from actual documents from the Manhattan Project.
The site, exploratorium.edu/doctoratomic, will also provide little-known facts such as: Security measures dictated that the 330 babies born at Los Alamos, New Mexico, be given only a post office box on their birth certificates and that Oppenheimer once aspired to be a poet.
Semper says the museum also has family ties to the Manhattan Project: The Exploratoriums founder, Frank Oppenheimer, was Roberts brother, and also helped develop the A-bomb.
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