It's a scary time for the scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They are close to finishing a project that no one really knows whether it will end well or not. John Adams, admittedly not one of my favorite composers, has captured the anxiety, tension and confusion of this time and place with remarkable accuracy. (He had access to some of the, until now, classified material from that time.) The music drives the scenes with a relentlessness that matches what is being worked on. Time flows like a current that cannot be opposed and the characters each respond in their ideosyncratic ways. This is a piece of American history that needs more exposure. A recently-made documentary "Gate" (pronounced 'gah-tay') shows an ending for the situation of the opera that is well worth considering as a companion piece for this work. Both are well worth adding to the collection of anyone interested in finding out what led up to the flight of the 'Enola Gay."