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1 Apr 2014 - 7 Apr 2014

Children's opera Brundibar

One of the most memorable events of the year - the children's opera Brundibar - will be performed by the students from Even Yehuda campus. Partners: the Walworth Barbour American International School, The Embassy of the United States of America, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, Czech Centre Tel Aviv and Theresienstadt Martyrs Remembrance Association.

Czech Centre Tel Aviv is a coordinator of the 70th year commemorative performances of Brundibar, the children's opera by Hans Krása. The performance will be held at the Davey Famiily Performing Arts Center in Even Yehuda.


 April 1, 2014, 19:00
April 3, 2014, 19:00

Tickets:  brundibar.wbais.org/RSVP

The event will be attended by a special guest, Ela Weissberger, who acted and sang the role of the Cat in the original performance



Brundibár is a children's opera by Jewish-Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. The name comes from a Czech colloquialism for a bumblebee.

Krása and Hoffmeister wrote the opera in 1938 for a government competition, but the competition was later cancelled due to political developments. Rehearsals started in 1941 at the Jewish orphanage in Prague. In the winter of 1942 the opera was first performed at the orphanage: by this time, composer Krása and set designer František Zelenka had already been transported to Theresienstadt. By July 1943, nearly all of the children of the original chorus and the orphanage staff had also been transported to Theresienstadt. Only the librettist Hoffmeister was able to escape Prague in time.

Reunited with the cast in Theresienstadt, Krása reconstructed the full score of the opera, based on memory and the partial piano score that remained in his hands, adapting it to suit the musical instruments available in the camp. On 23 September 1943, Brundibár premiered in Theresienstadt. 

A special performance of Brundibár was staged in 1944 for representatives of the Red Cross who came to inspect living conditions in the camp. Later that year this Brundibár production was filmed for a Nazi propaganda film Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt (The Führer Gives the Jews a City). All of the participants in the Theresienstadt production were herded into cattle trucks and sent to Auschwitz as soon as filming was finished. Most were gassed immediately upon arrival, including the children, the composer Krása, the director Kurt Gerron, and the musicians.


Davey Famiily Performing Arts Center, WBAIS 65 Hashomron Street, Even Yehuda

From: 1 Apr 2014
To: 7 Apr 2014


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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