Essential Arts & Culture: Opera gets nuclear, a Boyle Heights exodus, a ballet honors Isadora Duncan

Times classical music critic Mark Swed was just in Santa Fe for a performance of John Adams’ “Doctor Atomic,” staged by the Santa Fe Opera. Directed by Peter Sellars, who is also the librettist, the opera is about the test of the first atomic bomb in nearby Trinity Site, N.M. It was interrupted by thunderous rain. But nothing “stopped a performance of the most significant, I’d say the greatest, opera of our time,” writes Swed. “If you want to know what the opera felt like, what it means and why the world is the way it is, this was the place to be.” Los Angeles Times


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