Would You Compare the Atomic Bomb to a God?

In John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, there are many allusions to and even direct quotes from sacred texts. This contrast with the scientific components in the opera highlights the social and moral impact that must be considered when something like the atomic bomb is being developed. In act two of the opera, “At the Sight of…

The Trinity Site

    Reading about the Adams’ creation, I was surprised by the aria “Batter My Heart” [Holly Sonnet written by John Donne}; which is sung by the main character of this opera (Oppenheimer). The first thing I liked about this before listening to the music, was Peter’s reason to use this text/poem for this Aria;…

Emotions through Musical Elements in “Red Alert”

A world premiere of a new opera in October 2005 in San Francisco had a very relatable and touchy story line for audience members. John Adams’ Doctor Atomic has the plot of the making of the world’s first atomic bomb. Even though years had passed since the use of the atomic bomb on Japan, the…

Different Perspectives to a Single Work

  There are many different manners and perspectives to receive just one work; whether is poetry, music, literature, painting, dance and arts in general. I think that the perspective depends on what time or what period the critics or the audience are living in. Therefore, it is clear that there is a considerable connection between…

Metaphor: Love it, Hate, Deal With it

Craig Owens, in his article “Einstein on the Beach: The Primacy of Metaphor,” discusses the idea of language as a structure and its ability to define relationships between objects in a logical manner. Language as a structure defines objects and their infinite possibilities of metaphorical relationships with other objects, which makes it “unnatural,” in a…

Einstein on the Beach: Creators’ Intentions and Audience Reactions

Anyone who sticks around long enough to see half of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach is likely either intrigued and wants to analyze and understand it, or accepts it as it is and is comfortable with its ambiguity and eccentricity. It is a work made up exclusively of what Glass calls “repetitive structures.” Every…