Brundibar: Childrens Opera by Hans Krasa

With Janus Ensemble Orchestra and the New London Childrens Choir

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Brundibár, a children’s opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, was originally written for group of orphaned Jewish children in Prague. In 1944 it was staged inTheresienstadt for members of the Red Cross; this performance helped conceal the true horrors and conditions of the camp.Overall, there were 55 performances inTheresienstadt, almost one a week. Many of the original children from the orphanage initially took part but had to be continually replaced, as they were sent onto the death camps. The production was filmed by the Nazis for a propaganda film, “Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt” ("The Führer Gives a City to the Jews").Directly after the filming was finished, all the cast including the children, musicians and Krasa himself, were transported to Auschwitz, where upon arrival they were sent to the gas chambers. 
 
Brundibár is an important piece of Jewish cultural memory which focuses on the children, who being orphaned may have had no direct family to mourn them.
 
Synopsis
The story is a re-imagining of a fairy tale, with ten main roles, and a small supporting chorus. The story follows two young siblings Aninka and Pepíček, who are trying to find milk for their sick mother. Whilst in the market they notice the organ grinder, Brundibár playing music on the street corner. In seeing his success, they decide to sing, in the hope someone will give them the money they need for milk - Brundibárchases them away. The animals, Sparrow, Cat and Dog sympathise with Aninka and Pepíček and agree to help them by recruiting other children in the town, to help sing in the market and drown - out Brundibár. The next day they descend on the market, the people of the town are moved by their beautiful singing, and donate the money needed for milk. The evil Brundibár, steals the money but is chased down by the children and animals. The money is recovered, and the opera concludes with a triumphant victory song.

Please note, there will be two performances.

Music Director: Michael Coleby 
Director: Rachael Hewer 
Designer: Leanne Vandenbussche
Producer: Neil Marcus 
Cast: Children from the New London Children’s Choir. 

Supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Venue

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