Yesterday, I attended my first opera live, John Adams' Dr. Atomic at the Met. I went with a composer friend, he and I have similar taste and concerns in a lot of ways, and it seemed like a cool thing to check out. I would say my reaction to it was decidedly mixed. This blog post from Mark Adamo gets at some of the problematic choices made by Peter Sellars in constructing the opera's libretto. Let me just say to those of you who (like me) are opera neophytes, the blog post gets into some musical terminology and mentions some composers whose names you might not recognize. Don't worry about it; skim those parts and keep going. It's worth it. Because he gets to the heart of what doesn't work about the piece on a writing level.