Conductor: Davide Casali
Music by Hans Krása
Opera for children in two acts
Libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister
The opera was originally performed by Krása and the children kept in Theresienstadt concentration camp, Czechoslovakia, on September 23rd 1943
The "Victor de Sabata" Hall
Director & Set, costume, light designer Lorenzo Giossi
A new production by Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste
Choir I Piccoli Cantori della Città di Trieste - choirmaster Cristina Semeraro
Characters & performers
|PEPICEK||Maria Vittoria Capaldo|
|ANINKA, his sister||Sofie Pfeifer / Elena Fumo|
|BRUNDIBÁR, organ grinder||Luca Tongiorgi|
|Dog||Marta Halupca / Elisabetta Chelleri|
|Choirs of students and adults.|
The shows are preceded by a brief intro to the opera by Nicolò Ceriani and and performed by actors Enrico Bergamasco and Giacomo Segulia.
For the matinée shows the reading is scheduled at 10.30 am.
Aninka and Pepíček, two little children, have a sick mother. The doctor has prescribed milk for her health, and they go to seek it in the town marketplace, but they have no money to purchase it. Three traders hawk their wares: an ice-cream man, a baker and a milkman. The children engage the milkman in song, but he tells them that they need money for milk. Suddenly the children spot the organ-grinder, Brundibár, playing on the street corner. Seeing his success, they decide to busk as well (and proceed to sing a song about geese), much to the annoyance of the townsfolk and Brundibár, who chase them away. Three animals – a sparrow, cat and dog – come to their aid, and together they recruit the other children of the neighbourhood in their plan. Night falls, the dawn comes, the children and animals begin morning exercises and the townsfolk get ready for the day. The plan goes ahead: the animals and children drown out Brundibár; they then join in a beautiful lullaby. The townsfolk are very moved and give Aninka and Pepíček money. Suddenly, Brundibár sneaks in and steals their takings. All the children and the animals give chase and recover the money. The opera concludes with a victory march sung about defeating the evil organ-grinder.
(taken from Music and the Holocaust - http://holocaustmusic.ort.org/)