Third Opera Production: Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis
- Saturday April 6 8:00pm
- Sunday April 7 8:00pm
Matthew Ozawa, stage director
Timothy Cheek, music director
Pre-performance lecture “Behind the Scenes of Der Kaiser von Atlantis,” with lecturers Jessica Grimmer and Patricia Hall on music in the Holocaust, Tereízn, and Viktor Ullmann at 7:00 PM in Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall.
Composed by Viktor Ullmann around 1943, while imprisoned in the WWII ghetto Terezín (Theresienstadt) in Czechoslovakia, the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis takes a satirical look at totalitarianism and systematic suppression. Banned by the Nazis, Der Kaiser did not resurface for another 30 years, following Ullmann’s violent death in Auschwitz. Examining what we learn from the past in order to resist future racist, political, or exclusionary ideologies, this third opera brings together the collaborative ideas of seven graduate and doctoral voice students. Performed with chamber ensemble.
Free - no tickets required