Sat 24 Mar

Film, MusicOpera Film Club: Doctor Atomic

John Adams

Opera Film Club is back! This season we have three glorious modern operas for your enjoyment. Introduced by Opera critic Michael Quinn, there will be further opportunity to discuss the films and music over a complimentary glass of wine or tea/coffee at the interval. In the final Opera Film Club screening of this season we feature Doctor Atomic by John Adams. The longing to overcome human boundaries led the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to begin an experiment that formed a threat to the whole of humanity, and whose scientific results still do today. The question of the moral implications of the atomic bomb is raised in John Adams’ opera, just as much as that of the influence on the private lives of the main characters. Doctor Atomic is the fifth work to result from almost twenty years of collaboration between the American composer and his fellow American director and Erasmus Prize-winner Peter Sellars.


Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer); Jessica Rivera (Kitty Oppenheimer); Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves); Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller); James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard); Thomas Glenn (Robert Wilson); Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Renes

The cast is flawless .. .Adams has created a beautiful provocative work that refreshes the repertoire.

The Times

Peter Sellars's film of the opera is expressionistic, claustrophobic, sometimes deliberately out of focus. The sound quality is exceptionally good, as is the singing and playing under conductor Lawrence Renes.

BBC Music Magazine

Gerald Finley carries the problems of the world on his shoulders as Oppenheimer and the Netherlands Philharmonic and Lawrence Renes play like it’s the best score since Fidelio.


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Sat 24 Mar



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Slip Inn
  • Portaferry Hotel
  • The Slip Inn
  • Fiddler's Green

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