Brundibar

Hans Krása

#opera for children

Hans Krása Brundibár

Conductor: Jan Chalupecký
Director: Jiřina Marková-Krystlíková
Choreography: Josef Kotěšovský
Costumes: Eliška Paulová
Set: arch. Leopold Zeman
Children's Opera Prague

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Sun 07/11/2021
11.00 am
The Estate Theatre
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Music: Hans Krása (1899–1944)
Libretto: Adolf Hoffmeister (1902–1973)

Brundibár is an opera written for children. No more than forty minutes long, it was composed in 1938 by Hans Krása, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister, as an entry for a children’s opera competition. It received its premiere in German-occupied Prague and was performed by children at the Jewish Orphanage in Belgicka Street.

Brundibár had one additional performance in the Hagibor building before the mass transports of Bohemian and Moravian Jews to Terezín began in 1942. In July 1943, the score of Brundibár was smuggled into camp, where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who were available to play at that time. The premiere of the Terezín version took place on 23 September 1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks.

Aninka: Marie Hubatková
Pepíček: David Maxa
Brundibár: Michal Gregárek
Cats: Veronika Čejková, Kateřina Měchurová, Anna Hodíková
Dogs: Nora Ripamonti, Dita Mazalová, Anika Štychová
Sparrows: Bára Novotná, Karolína Tichá, Anna Králíčková, Anežka Hubatková
Beaker: Veronika Čejková
Milkman: Kateřina Měchurová
Officer: Benjamin Poppy
Ice cream parlor: Adam Kořínek

Piano: Alina Říhová
Trumpet: Marek Vajo
Flute: Denisa Geislerová
Clarinet: Tomáš Čistecký, Adam Bydžovský
Violoncello: Josef Pražák, Viktor Vondráček
Violin: Andrea Burianová, Jan Šimůnek, Radka Preislerová, Martin Tupý, Pavla Michalová, Jaromír Štěpán
Drums: Jaromír Kubíček

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