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CologneDer Kaiser von Atlantis

Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
Arne Willimczik; Eike Ecker; Oper Köln; Darko Petrovic; Claudia Rohrbach; Regina Richter
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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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.
***11
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Resolut atonaler Widerstand: Zimmermanns Weiße Rose

Claudia Rohrbach (Sophie Scholl) und Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger (Hans Scholl) © Paul Leclair | Oper Köln
Intensive und prägnante Dissonanzen veranschaulichen das dramatische Ende von Hans und Sophie Scholl und werfen Fragen auf.
***11
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