Chamber Opera by Viktor Ullmann
Sunday, 10 October 2021, 7:00 pm
The times are dark: hidden in his palace, the Emperor of Atlantis declares war. But Death refuses to serve, and the suffering continues unabated. Composed in 1943 in Theresienstadt and banned after the dress rehearsal, Viktor Ullmann's chamber opera The Emperor of Atlantis had to wait until 1975 for its première. This “play in one act” is a nightmarish portrayal of reality in a Nazi concentration camp. But it also reflects contemporary themes, with echoes of jazz and popular music of the 1920s, meaningful quotations and incisive orchestration.
The Emperor of Atlantis
Juliana Zara, Soprano
Christel Loetzsch, Mezzo-Soprano
Johannes Chum, Tenor
Adrian Eröd, Baritone
Lars Woldt, Bass
Tareq Nazmi, Bass
Munich Radio Orchestra
Patrick Hahn, Direction
At the start of the 2021-22 season Patrick Hahn, in Wuppertal, will become Germany’s youngest general music director. More than that, he will assume the position of principal guest conductor of both the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic and the Munich Radio Orchestra. This Austrian pianist-composer-conductor has already thrilled Munich audiences with Space Night in Concert II, scheduled for continuation in July 2022, and an evening of film music under the motto “Cinema for the Ears”. Rounding off their latest collaboration are a project with the August Everding Theatre Academy and a concert in the Paradisi Gloria series. The title role in The Emperor of Atlantis is performed by Adrian Eröd – ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera and Austrian Kammersänger of international renown. With the Munich Radio Orchestra, he impressed in Walter Braunfels’ Verkündigung, among others.
The advance ticket sales will be postponed until further notice due to the uncertain capacities in autumn caused by Corona. Perhaps tickets will go on sale at short notice.