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Brundibár by Hans Krása

May 20, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

$12 - $22

Opera Santa Barbara’s newly formed Santa Barbara Youth Opera presents a fully staged production of Brundibár.  Composed in 1938 by Hans Krása as an entry for a children’s opera competition, the opera includes just one adult part and is approximately forty minutes long.  It premiered 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 the camp, where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who were available to play at that time.  The Terezín version premiered on September 23, 1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks, followed by 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 of the Ojai Youth Opera and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.