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Work: The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)

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ComposerUllmann, Viktor (1898-1944)
Period20th century
Year1943
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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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

DuisburgYoung Directors 2020New production

Handel, Ullmann
Jason Tran; Esther Mertel; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Heidi Elisabeth Meier; Fiorella Hincapié; Sarah Ferede; Andrés Sulbarán
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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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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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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.
**111
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Brilliant but flawed: English Touring Opera's The Emperor of Atlantis

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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