On Wednesday night February 2, 2011 BLO bunch gathered once again to see Boston Lyric Opera’s presentation of The Emperor of Atlantis. It was a night for learning. I am very familiar with the great works of Mozart, Handel and Puccini with their rich melodies. The Emperor of Atlantis by Viktor Ullman, along with the world premiere of The After-Image, a prologue by Richard Beaudoin, was an education on contemporary music. Although I am not familiar with contemporary music I enjoyed the evening. I enjoyed the way in which The After- Image shared similar context as The Emperor of Atlantis but was not meant to be a new addition but complimentary to the opera. In addition, I believe the librettist of The Emperor of Atlantis was brilliant writing with such depth of context at such a young age in such a miserable time. I believe the opera was a great success for Boston Lyric Opera I look forward to seeing how they can further push boundaries in future annex performances.
Till Next Time,
Kara Fleishaker, Boston University