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Composer: Ullmann, Viktor (1898-1944)

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Year of birth1898
Year of death1944
NationalityCzech Republic
Period20th century
April 2019
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LeipzigDer Sturz des AntichristNew production

Der Sturz des Antichrist
Ullmann: The Fall of the Antichrist
Matthias Foremny; Balázs Kovalik; Oper Leipzig; Thomas Mohr; Sebastian Pilgrim; Stephan Rügamer; Kay Stiefermann

BirminghamMahler’s Ninth

Klein, Ullmann, Mahler
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Ilan Volkov; CBSO Youth Chorus

ViennaLiederabend: … und glücklicher?

Schoenberg, Webern, Ullmann, Schreker
Eva Resch; Eric Schneider
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
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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
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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. 
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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.
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Watercolor Prisons: The Emperor of Atlantis and The Clever One

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.
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