Connecticut Lyric Opera is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Artworks has awarded a grant in the amount of $24,000 for “To support the presentation and tour of The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) by Composer Viktor Ullmann and related community engagement programming.”
The first performances for this grant are scheduled for March and April, with the remainder to be announced in the coming weeks.
Der Kaiser von Atlantis was created in 1943 at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, the “Artists Camp” that was used to deceive the Red Cross and the world to show how well the Jews were living under the “benevolent” protection of the Third Reich. Poets, artists, composers, playwrights, philosophers, business people, families all lived here, for a while… There was an orchestra, various instrumental ensembles, a theatre company, and an opera company – there were also torture chambers, tens of thousands of people died from disease or starvation (mostly), and above all, it was a transit camp from which more than 100,000 souls were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz, Treblinka and elsewhere. Nazis shut down the production and on 16 October 1944 shipped composer Viktor Ullmann, librettist Peter Kien, the entire cast, orchestra, and all their families to Auschwitz for immediate liquidation. Only the composition and several of the singers survived.
The world premiere, presented by the Netherlands Opera at the Bellevue Centre, Amsterdam, took place on 16 December 1975.
Kaiser Overall (Emperor Overall) – Ivan Conrad, baritone
Der Lautsprecher (Loudspeaker) – Justin Ryan, bass-baritone
Ein Soldat (A soldier) – Joel Edwards, tenor
Harlekin (Pierrot) – Daniel Kamalic, tenor
Bubikopf (A maiden) – Jurate Svedaite, soprano
Der Tod (Death) – Steve Fredericks, bass-baritone
Der Trommler (Drummer girl) – Rachel Abraham, mezzo-soprano
Alan Mann – Stage Director
Adrian Sylveen – Artistic Director, Conductor
TRINITY-ON-MAIN ARTS CENTER
69 Main Street, New Britain CT, CT 06051
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 2019
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART
600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 2019