Der Kaiser von Atlantis

This week the production of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis opens at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in which Joanna plays Der Trommler (the Drummer).

Written in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin (Theresienstadt), Ullmann’s opera was banned and never performed there. Before Ullmann was transported to Auschwitz, where he died in 1944, he left copies of the score and libretto with a friend. They were rediscovered and the opera finally premiered in 1975.