Brundibar

Hans Krása

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

Dětská opera Prague

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Sun 11/07
11.00
The Estate Theatre
#dramaturgical introduction
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The Story

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.

Starring:
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

Members of the orchestra: 
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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