Canadian Children’s Opera Company: Brundibár
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The Canadian Children’s Opera Company presents a special 75th Anniversary production of Brundibár, by Czech composer Hans Krása.
During the Second World War, the Nazis created a concentration camp in the Czech town of Terezín. Known in German as Theresienstadt, the camp saw upwards of 155,000 people pass through its gates, many on their way to a sadder fate. Despite its grim purpose, Terezín was to become a place of hope and inspiration. Remarkably, the arts flourished in Terezín as painters, musicians and actors were allowed to continue their work. Symphony concerts, plays, and lectures were a regular occurrence, showing the power of the arts to lift the human spirit in the darkest of times. Brundibár premiered in a Prague orphanage, and was subsequently smuggled into Terezín and performed over 50 times by the children held there.
The CCOC is thrilled to partner with Oscar-award winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke in this exciting new production. Winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, The Lady in No. 6: Music Saved My Life tells the story of concert pianist and Terezín survivor Alice Herz-Sommer and will serve as a poignant complement to Brundibár – an opera in which her own son participated.
by Hans Krása
Stage Director: Joel Ivany
Music Director: Teri Dunn
Set and Costume Design: Adriana Bogaard
Lighting & Projection Design: Cameron Davis
Performed by members of the CCOC with a professional chamber orchestra.
In English & Czech with Surtitles™