Designing Doctor Atomic: Costumes

Directed by Peter Sellars and with a score by John Adams, the San Francisco Opera's premiere of Doctor Atomic on October 1 will reveal one of most earthshaking themes for any production: the conflicted dramatic events that led up to the first atomic bomb tests in New Mexico in 1945.

Costume designer Dunya Radicova says she completely absorbs the material as a starting point, especially when she works with Sellars. “We don't try to impose an idea on the material; the material is

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