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"Der Kaiser von Atlantis/The Kaiser of Atlantis"
Congregation Beth Israel
Houston, TX
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"Der Kaiser von Atlantis/The Kaiser of Atlantis"
The Jewish Community Center of Houston
in partnership with the Houston Grand Opera

Der Kaiser von Atlantis
The Kaiser of Atlantis

In association with
Holocaust Museum Houston
Congregation Beth Israel

November 2, 2006
7:30 P.M. at
Congregation Beth Israel
5600 N. Braeswood

By Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)
A critically acclaimed composer and musician, Ullmann was the official music director at the Terezin Ghetto. Der Kaiser was being prepared for performance in September 1944 when an S.S. delegation came to the camp and discovered satiric allusions to Hitler and the anti-Nazi sentiments within the piece. The performance was silenced, shut down and Ullmann and others were sent to Auschwitz where they perished shortly after in the gas chambers.T he opera's manuscript was smuggled out of Theresienstadt (Terezin), however it was 32 years until it was produced and performed in December 1975 in Amsterdam.

Written by Viktor Ullmann, the chamber work in four scenes is an allegory about the horrors of war and Nazism - a parable of the Jewish people during the Second World War. The music is considered to be Ullmann's masterpiece. It is also an example of entartete musik - the music suppressed by the Third Reich. The libretto for Der Kaiser was written by Ullmann's fellow inmate, Peter Kein (1919-1944), who was also murdered at Auschwitz.

Newly named Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera for the 2006-07 season, and former Principal Conductor of the Paris National Opera from 1995- 2004.

DIRECTOR: Ed Berkeley
Edward Berkeley is the director of undergraduate opera studies at The Juilliard School and artistic director of the Willow Cabin Theater Company. An award-winning director, Berkley has directed operas throughout the United States including the Houston Grand Opera.



Congregation Beth Israel
5600 North Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
United States

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