A "Physics Opera" on TV tonight (USA) Tonight, PBS stations will broadcast a performance of John Adams's recent opera "Doctor Atomic," about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the first atomic bomb test in 1945. It was recorded in HD at the Metropolitan Opera in New York this past fall. The schedule may vary between stations. My PBS station will show it twice tonight on their HD channel, at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. PBS showed a documentary about the opera a couple of weeks ago, and now here's the opera itself. When it premiered a few years ago, Science magazine published what was probably its first (and maybe only) opera review ever!