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Music: “…bend Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new”


 

The centrepiece of John Adams’ mighty opera Doctor Atomic: On the night before the Trinity bomb test at Los Alamos, Robert Oppenheimer offers up his fate to the “three-person’d God” — the Trinity. Poem by John Donne (text here); music by John Adams; from the Metropolitan Opera production now underway. Sound file courtesy of that noted MacArthur fellow, Alex Ross. My 2005 profile of the baritone, Ottawa’s own Gerald Finley, is, sadly, nowhere to be found online happily, right here.


 

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