Doctor Atomic at Century Cinemas
- When: Saturday, November 8, 2008, time TBA
- Where: Century Cinemas at Del Monte Center, Monterey
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
John Adams’ powerful opera, Doctor Atomic, wowed audiences in its premiere production at San Francisco in 2005. If you missed it, the Metopolitan Opera’s brand new production is coming direct to you in high definition simulcast of the premiere live performance in New York this Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., at Century Cinemas, Del Monte Center. Stage director Penny Woolcock told Charlie Rose the “Batter my heart…divorce me” scene is the “greatest baritone aria ever written.” (Google the opera and hear the scene on You-Tube.) Either way, the experience will haunt your consciousness for months to come. Adams has made opera relevant again by taking on controversial historic events. After the 9-11 attacks, a planned performance of the conflicting Palestinian and Israeli choruses from his Death of Klinghoffer was abruptly canceled. The new Met production stars Gerald Finley in the title role (as Robert Oppenheimer), with Sasha Cooke, Eric Owens and Richard Paul Fink. New York Philharmonic music director (beginning in 2009) Alan Gilbert conducts. The performance will be repeated at Century Cinemas on Wednesday, Nov 19, 7pm. Tix in advance at www.fandango.com/themetropolitanopera:doctoratomic. [SM]
7pm. Century Cinemas, 1700 Del Monte Center, Monterey. $24/adults; $22/seniors; $16/children. 800-326-3264. http://www.fandango.com/themetropolitanopera:doctoratomic..