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Composer: Ullmann, Viktor (1898-1944)

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Year of birth1898
Year of death1944
NationalityCzech Republic
Period20th century
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PragueHow difficult it is to forsake beauty

© Irena Troupová & Jan Dušek © David Havel
Ullmann, Haas, Schulhoff, Winterberg, Krása, Karel
Irena Troupová; Jan Dušek

GrazHundert Jahre Österreich

© Werner Kmetitsch
Stolz, Korngold, Ullmann, Cerha, Haas
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CologneDer Kaiser von AtlantisNew production

Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
Rainer Mühlbach; Eike Ecker; Oper Köln; Darko Petrovic; Claudia Rohrbach; Judith Thielsen
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Double dealings with Death at RCS

David Lynn (Harlequin), Colin Murray (Emperor) and Joanna Harries (Drummer) © RCS | Robert McFadzean
The gamble of Dealing with Death pays off for Holst’s Sāvitri but is less certain for Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis.  Opera students at RCS capture the mix of satire, surrealism and anarchy perfectly
****1
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A visually strong Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Kammeroper

Matteo Loi (Kaiser Overall) © Herwig Prammer
To those unfamiliar with Victor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, oder Die Tod-Verweigerung, the story of the work’s inception is almost as gripping as the libretto itself. 
***11
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Viktor Ullmann's The Fall of the Antichrist

Martin Štolba (Technician), Jakub Rousek (Regent) © Janáček Festival Brno
Viktor Ullmann's scarily prescient anti-fascist work has great music but can be confusing; Moravian Theatre Olomouc's production is marred by poor balance between orchestra and voices.
**111
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Watercolor Prisons: The Emperor of Atlantis and The Clever One

Andrew Wilkowske (Emperor) and David Govertsen (Death) in The Emperor of Atlantis © Liz Lauren
The Chicago Opera Theater pairs two one-act operas from 1943 - Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis and Carl Orff's The Clever One - in a program conducted by Francesco Milioto and directed by Andreas Mitisek.
**111
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Brilliant but flawed: English Touring Opera's The Emperor of Atlantis

Robert Winslade Anderson as Death  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
When Emperor Überall decrees an all-pervasive war that will result in the death of his whole population, Death takes umbrage at the fact that his job is being usurped and, in the mother of all demarcation disputes, goes on strike.
***11
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