By Hans Krása
Conductor: Dianna Hochella
Director: Michael Yashinsky
Performed by the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus, directed by Suzanne Mallare Acton.
Performed fifty-five times by children of the Theresienstadt concentration camp under the oversight of its likewise interned composer, Brundibár tells the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, cat and dog to outwit the evil organ grinder. Brundibár is appropriate for all age groups—a perfect introduction to opera!
Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger, who as a child in Theresienstadt played the leading role of the Cat, will share the story of how art and music helped her survive.