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    Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits

    Presented by at Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    February 1 - February 6, 2011


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    Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits

    An Emperor unleashes total war. He orders destruction. He orders death. But Death...well, Death doesn't take orders. Now what? In 1943, composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien were prisoners in the concentration camp Terezin, where they created this almost inconceivably wry and touching opera. They died at Auschwitz. Their opera survives - an allusive, haunting, texturally rich testament to their spirit. The performance will include the...

    An Emperor unleashes total war. He orders destruction. He orders death. But Death...well, Death doesn't take orders. Now what? In 1943, composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien were prisoners in the concentration camp Terezin, where they created this almost inconceivably wry and touching opera. They died at Auschwitz. Their opera survives - an allusive, haunting, texturally rich testament to their spirit. The performance will include the world premiere of a prologue, composed by Richard Beaudoin, and specially commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera.


    *BLO's Opera Annex is a fully staged production designed for an alternative space outside the traditional opera theater.


    Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

    527 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02116

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    Admission Info:

    Tickets start at $33.


    General Day and Time Info:

    Performance dates are February 1, 2, 4, 5, 6m


    3pm Sunday matinees. All other performances 7:30pm.


    Phone: 617-542-6772


    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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    • Event Name: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits
      Article: Antiwar opera rises from darkness
      The Boston Globe - Feb 04, 2011
      By Jeremy Eichler

      “Emperor’’ has since become an important work of Holocaust art. But can it also stand up as a compelling modern one-act opera? Boston Lyric...
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      “Emperor’’ has since become an important work of Holocaust art. But can it also stand up as a compelling modern one-act opera? Boston Lyric Opera’s bold new English-language production, which opened Tuesday night at the Calderwood Pavilion, should close the argument. Director David Schweizer’s tart, nimble staging plays up the work’s dark comic aspects, its abundant debts to Weimar-era cabaret. The piece commandingly holds the stage. And when viewed with a knowledge of its history — the spirit of defiance and reckless hope embodied in its original creation — “Emperor’’ ultimately glows with a piercing luminosity.
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    • Event Name: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits
      Article: The Emperor of Atlantis: Boston Lyric Opera pulls out the stops
      The Boston Phoenix - Feb 04, 2011
      By Lloyd Schwartz

      "a memorable production...Lipsitt and his chamber players brought it all to vibrant life...inventive staging..."

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