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Viktor Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis

17 AUGUST 2011 - 18 AUGUST 2011, ARCOLA THEATRE, 24 ASHWIN ST, LONDON E8 3DL. The opera masterpiece by Czech-Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944), which was written in Terezin concentration camp in 1943, receives a new, fully-staged production. A courageous work that demands the attention of London's music and theatre world will be performed at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival.

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Tickets available online from:

Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Tickets: £15

The cast incudes:
Emperor - Thomas Humphreys
Loudspeaker - Osian Gwyn
Death - Dario Dugandzic / John Woods
Drummer - Melanie Sanders / Kate Howden
Pierrot - Matt Wilding
Girl - Ines Simoes / Christiana Petrou
Soldier - William Petter

The production team incudes:
Director: Max Höhn
Musical director: John Murton
Set and costume designer: Valentina Ricci
Lighting designer: Edmund Sutton
Producer: Brian McMahon
Executive producer: Liza Graham
Assistant director: Sandra Martinovic
Sound designer: Alex Garfath
Lighting technician: Luke Drummon
Web designer: Rebecca Scanlon
Poster designer: Richard Williams

The Emperor of Atlantis is a powerful piece of music-theatre that satirises a world where life and death have lost all meaning. Written in the Terezin concentration camp in 1943 by the Czech-Jewish composer, Viktor Ullmann, it takes a look at the Holocaust from an absurdist perspective using an astonishing mix of musical styles. Both composer and librettist were sent to their deaths in
Auschwitz following the first public dress rehearsal. Re-discovered in the 1970’s, it is a courageous work that demands the attention of London’s music world in this long overdue revival. This is the opening production of Dioneo, a new opera company committed to
imaginative stagings of contemporary or lesser-known works.
The cast includes current and former students of the Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music under the musical direction of John Murton whose conducting credits includes Gianni Schicchi, Die Zauberflote, Hansel and Gretel. This new production is directed by Max Höhn (The Master and Margarita, Battersea Arts Centre and Edinburgh Fringe 2010), whose assistant work includes The Rape of Lucretia (Theater an der Wien, prod. Keith Warner) and Rodelinda (RCM, prod. David Fielding). The designer is Valentina Ricci, whose credits include La Didone (La Fenice, Venice).
Booking is now open, and the company is inviting reviewers and members of the press to contact the producer to arrange press tickets: brian@dioneo.org.
Further information about the production is available online at:

This new production is presented by arrangement with Schott Music Ltd.