One season before assuming the Music Director position of the New York Philharmonic in 2009, Alan Gilbert, one of the most sought-after young conductors today, will make his Metropolitan Opera debut this fall with Doctor Atomic. Composed by the celebrated John Adams and premiered in San Francisco in 2005, Doctor Atomic follows the invention of the atomic bomb and the unbearable tension in the final hours before it was dropped on Japan in World War II. Born into a "Philharmonic" family (his father a former and his mother a current New York Philharmonic violinist) and half Japanese himself, Gilbert discusses his cultural and musical background, life and career. The evening will feature a special live performance by Eric Owens, who sings the role of General Leslie Groves, with piano accompaniment by Bradley Moore, Assistant Conductor.
Moderated by W. Anthony Sheppard, Professor of Music, Williams College.
Held in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Doctor Atomic.
- October 27, 2008
- 6:30 pm