Lessons from Brundibar

In 1938, Czech composer Hans Krasa wrote a children’s opera called “Brundibar”. Rehearsals first took place at a Jewish orphanage in Prague — but then the war intervened. Krasa and most of the children were transported by the Germans to Theresienstadt. The Nazis presented Theresienstadt to the outside world as a model Jewish settlement. In reality, it was a concentration camp. While there, Krasa was permitted to adapt his children’s opera to suit the musical instruments available at the camp, and youngsters there performed the opera 55 times over two years. This weekend, the Commonwealth Opera’s presents “Brundibar” in English. To find out more:

http://www.commonwealthopera.org/opera.html.