Saturday 14Dec19
Der Diktator (Krenek) & Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Ullmann) A double opera programme
Totalitarianism springs out of fear, only the fools can reach power
1 Shows
From 14 Dec to 14 Dec
Sala Sinfónica
Auditorio de Tenerife
Opera
 Opera de Tenerife
Synopsis

This double programme includes two operas by Austrian composers of the first half of the 20th century who through sarcasm, deal with the issue of totalitarian power. When Krenek composed Der Diktator (The Dictator) in 1928 fascism already ruled in Italy and it would soon reach Germany. Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of the Atlantid) by Viktor Ullmann, was composed in 1943 at a concentration camp.

Der Diktator [The Dictator], Krenek

Tragic opera in one act with music and libretto in German by Ernst Krenek, premiered at Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden on 6 May 1928. This short work with a tremendous rhythm and composed in a melodic style that resembles Puccini’s, portrays the irresistible attraction of populist power, represented by a character who many thought inspired by Mussolini.

Der Kaiser von Atlantis [The Emperor of Atlantis], Ullmann

One-act opera by Austrian composer Viktor Ullmann and libretto in German by Peter Kien. It was composed while in prison at Theresienstadt concentration camp, where they were both jailed for being Jewish. The Theresienstadt camp was set up by the Nazis as a ‘model camp’ to give to the international community a milder version of the reality in the camps. This gave the great community of artists, musicians, writers, etc. in the camp a certain freedom not usually allowed by the Reich’s censorship. In fact, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, a surrealist legend of a tyrant that is leading humanity to a cruel massacre, pushing Death himself to go on strike, was composed with all the characteristics the Nazis considered as ‘degenerate music’ (atonality, jazz...). However, when the camp authorities realized the figure of Emperor Overall was a not very veiled parody of Adolf Hitler, they forbade its premiere. Ullmann was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 where he was killed at the gas chamber. The first performance of Der Kaiser von Atlantis only took place in 1975 in Amsterdam.

Spanish conductor Pedro Halffter, after leading major orchestras in the main theatres worldwide, is making his debut at Ópera de Tenerife with these two titles.

Creative Team

Musical Direction: Pedro Halffter

Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife

Cast

Cast: Der Diktator

Der Diktator (The dictator): Bruno Taddia

Charlotte, seine Frau (Charlotte, his wife): Melody Louledjian

Der Offizier (The officer): César Arrieta

Maria, seine Frau (María, his wife): Carmen Acosta

 

Cast: Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Kaiser Overall (Emperor Overall): Bruno Taddia

Der Lautsprecher (The announcer): Nicolo Donini

Ein Soldat (A soldier): David Astorga

Harlekin (Harlequin): David Astorga

Bubikopf, ein Mädchen (The girl): Melody Louledjian

Der Tod (Death): Francisco Crespo

Der Trommler (The drummer): Laura Verrecchia

 

 

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Subscriptions on sale from 7 May to 24 October 2019.

Dates and Tickets

The show is not available to children aged under 5.

Title included in Club Ópera de Tenerife Subscription and  Club Ópera Joven Subscription: enjoy the full season at a 20% discount and many more advantages.

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Sala Sinfónica
Auditorio de Tenerife
Opera
Opera de Tenerife
Sat 14Dec19
Time
19:30
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