Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Annotated Lyrics To A-Bomb Musical To Blow Fans Away

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – On Oct. 1, the San Francisco Opera will drop a bomb on the world with Doctor Atomic – an opera written about scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, designer of the atomic bomb.

But before that, on Sept. 1, San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum will launch a website to annotate the lyrics and give historical insight into American composer John C. Adam’s upcoming work.

Exploratorium spokesman Robert Semper says their researchers annotated the lyrics not because they’re too brainy for opera-goers, but to provide additional context to the opera’s 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 Exploratorium’s founder, Frank Oppenheimer, was Robert’s brother, and also helped develop the A-bomb.

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