Wolf Trap Opera UNTRAPPED Online: The Emperor of Atlantis
The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.
THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS Music by Viktor Ullmann Libretto by Peter Kien
A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.
Conductor - Geoffrey McDonald
Director - Richard Gammon
Choreographer – Elizabeth Coker
Scenic Designer - Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer - Jonathan Knipscher
Lighting Designer - Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer – Anne Nesmith