Brundibár by Hans Krása
Date/TimeSaturday, May 20 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 20 at 5:00pm
Opera Santa Barbara’s newly formed Santa Barbara Youth Opera presents a fully staged production of Brundibár. Written for children with just one adult part, and approximately forty minutes long, the opera was composed in 1938 by Hans Krása, as an entry for a children’s opera competition. It received its premiere in German-occupied Prague and was performed by children at a Jewish Orphanage. The children and the composer were eventually transported to the Terezín concentration camp. 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. The opera eventually had over 50 performances at Terezín. Nearly all of the children who performed in the opera were deported to Auschwitz and died in the gas chambers. Hans Krása met the same fate. The history of Brundibar is brutal, but the opera itself is a parable of hope and justice. This special performance is a collaboration with the Ojai Youth Opera and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.