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Brundibár with the New Orleans Opera

  • National WWII Museum 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA, 70130 United States (map)

A two-act children’s opera written by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krasa and performed 55 times during World War II at the Czech concentration camp in Theresienstadt.

Brundibár became a symbol of hope for the Jews in the camp who visualized the evil organ grinder character of Brundibár as Adolf Hitler being defeated over and over. The opera was also used by the Nazis as a propaganda tool to promote Theresienstadt as a model camp and help to convince inspectors from the International Red Cross that all was well in the concentration camps.

Today, Brundibár is still performed in its historical context, highlighting its poignancy and terrible irony. Our production will be performed by local children and accompanied by educational programming. Performances will take place in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, overhung by restored warbirds—the very planes that were being piloted by US forces as the opera had its original run in Thereseinstadt.

Ela Weissberger, an original cast member and Holocaust survivor, will be a guest of honor at the performances.

For tickets and more info, click HERE.