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Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Animated video sequences for the opera piece “Der Kaiser Von Atlantis”, premiered at Kammeroper Wien in January 2017. The 7 animated videos were used during the piece to introduce characters, animate the music intermezzos and support the narration with evocative imagery.

My most sincere gratitude goes to the director Rainer Vierlinger and set designer Susanna Boehm for inviting and guiding me through this beautiful production. Many thanks also to the whole production team and the amazing interpreters.


Play in one act (1943)

Music by Viktor Ullmann

Libretto by Peter Kien

Production of Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper

The composer Viktor Ullmann was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942 where, with the writer and painter Peter Kien, he created Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Although rehearsals had already been held, the opera, with its obvious references to Hitler and the madness of National Socialism, was never performed. Using allegory, Ullmann shows the senselessness of war: When the megalomaniac Emperor Overall announces the beginning of a war waged by everyone against everyone else, even Death protests and goes on strike. However, this immortality increasingly becomes a curse that can only be lifted by a sacrifice on the part of the emperor himself.


Conductor: Julien Vanhoutte

Director: Rainer Vierlinger

Set&Costume designer: Susanna Boehm

Video: Cosimo Miorelli

Light design: Franz Tscheck

Kaiser Overall: Matteo Loi

Der Tod: Dumitru Madarašan

Der Lautsprecher: Unnsteinn Árnason

Soldat / Harlekin: Julian Henao Gonzalez

Bubikopf, Ein Soldat: Frederikke Kampmann

Der Trommler: Anna Marshania

Orchestra: Wiener KammerOrchester