Doctor Atomic was written by composer John Adams for San Francisco Opera in 2005. The oral history was designed to document the process of writing and preparing the opera for the stage, with the interviewees reflecting on the music, Peter Sellars’ eclectic libretto, and the casting, rehearsing and performance of the work. Interviewees for Doctor Atomic: The Making of an American Opera were Pamela Rosenberg, former general director of San Francisco Opera, music director Donald Runnicles, who condued the premiere, music administrator Kip Cranna, chorus director Ian Robertson, and composer John Adams. Caroline Crawford is project director of the American Composers Oral History Project.
Doctor Atomic: The Making of an American Opera
Pamela Rosenberg, Donald Runnicles, Clifford A. Cranna, Jr., Ian Robertson, John Adams, Doctor Atomic: The Making of an American Opera, interviews conducted by Caroline Crawford and Jon Else, 2005-2006, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2008. Interview date(s) 2005
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