Gerald Finley was a fan for years, so when the chance to create the leading role in John Adams’ Doctor Atomiccame along he seized it with both hands. Fifteen years on, he talks to Clive Paget about the challenge of getting to grips with J Robert Oppenheimer and learning to love the bomb.

What was your first exposure to John Adams’ music?

It was a sort of two pronged attack, really. I’d heard about John through various people who’d say...

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