|Ryan McKinny and Daniel Okulitch (Photo: Ken Howard, Santa Fe Opera, 2018)|
Much of the opera actually takes place just 33 miles from Santa Fe in Los Alamos and Alamogordo, where the detonation of the first atomic bomb took place.
|Andrew Harris and Ryan McKinny (Photo: Ken Howard, Santa Fe Opera, 2018)|
Much of the text from the opera was adapted from declassified U.S. government documents and communications among scientists, government officials, and military personnel who were involved in the project. Other borrowed texts include poetry by Charles Baudelaire and Muriel Rukeyser, the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, quotes from the Bhagavad Gita, and a traditional Tewa Indian song.
Gerald Finley sings "Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God"
Perhaps the most famous piece from the opera is the baritone aria "Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God" with text by the poet John Donne. The poem actually inspired Oppenheimer to name his test site for the atomic bomb “Trinity.”
Additional performances at the Santa Fe Opera are on July 27, and August 2, 7 and 16. Tickets are available online.