Around 1943 the composer Viktor Ullman and librettist Peter Kien were prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp where they composed a beautiful and darkly funny allegory about mechanized war where the character of Death, feeling quite put out at the extra work, goes on strike. When the Nazi’s found out they shut down rehearsals and eventually sent both men to Auschwitz where they were murdered.
- The opera DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS is startlingly relevant to our culture today. By making older pieces new again with exciting designs, concepts and comfortable locations, we can renew discussions to issues that still plague our modern society. And, hopefully, find resolutions through humor and imagination.