Trailer for the 2009 production of Viktor Ullmann's "Der Kaiser von Atlantis" (The Emperor of Atlantis). The full-length film premieres at the 2010 Westchester Jewish Film Festival in April. For more information, visit www.greenwichmusicfestival.org.
In 1943, at the height of the Nazi program to exterminate the Jews of Europe, two Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp wrote an opera satirizing Hitler and the Third Reich. The opera was to be presented to their fellow prisoners, until SS officers witnessed a dress rehearsal and banned the upcoming performance. Soon after, the operas composer, Viktor Ullmann, and his librettist, the 25 year-old Petr Kien, were sent on a transport to Auschwitz and gassed.
Their opera was presumed lost or destroyed until a single manuscript surfaced in the hands of a Theresienstadt survivor in 1974.
Music by Viktor Ullmann (1898 1944)
Libretto by Petr Kien (1919 1944)
Conductor: Robert Ainsley
Director : Ted Huffman
Choreographer: Zack Winokur
Stage/Lighting Designer: Marcus Doshi
Costume Designer: Paul Carey
Repetiteur: Djordje Nesic
Kaiser Overall: Keith Phares
Der Tod/Lautsprecher: Jeffrey Tucker
Harlekin: Peter Tantsits
Ein Soldat: Matt Morgan
Bubikopf, ein Soldat: Rachelle Durkin
Der Trommler: Katherine Pracht
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)