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Brundibar - opera from the ghetto , symbol of the Holocaust

On Monday, May 5, from 19 o´clock at the Theatre of JK Tyl, the performance of the children 's opera Brundibar will take place. It is a joint project of two churches - opera staged Pilsner children's choir, acting at the Art School of B. Smetana, Plzeň with the conductor Bedřiška Koželuhová and Regensburg Cantemus Children's Choir under the direction of Matthias Schlier. The orchestrals have been taken by the Chamber Youth Orchestra, which consists of pupils of the basic art schools in Pilsen under the direction of Jane Lejčková and Jan Rezek.

Children's opera Brundibar became famous as a musical symbol of the Holocaust. This chamber piece deals with children and animals victory over an evil organ grinder. Opera written by a Jewish composer Hans Krasa with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister in 1938 had its premiere in mid- 1941 in one of Prague's orphanages. In August 1942, Hans Krása was deported to Theresienstadt, many of his colleagues and children soon followed. In the ghetto Rudolf Freundfeld - Franěk took the lead rehearsals. Transports constantly hampered to the work. Child actors taken to concentration camps in the East had to be replaced by children from new transports. After more than two months of rehearsals on Sept. 23, 1943 there came the premiere. The opera was a great success and until autumn 1944, when the last transport left Theresienstadt, had about 55 reruns , ie . one show a week played on average.

Pilsner children's choir dedicated the performance of the opera to the memory of Plzeň native Josef Hanus Treichlinger, the actor of the lead role in the children's opera Brundibar . Hanus was born on Jan. 2, 1929 , as a son of Ernest and Ida Treichlinger, born Weiss . After the death of his parents he grew up in Pilsen at Uncle Benno Bloch´s and his wife Ida. On 22nd of January 1942 he was taken to Theresienstadt with the transports from Pilsen. His foster parents with both of their two sons were taken by the same transport. In Theresienstadt he created the major role of organ grinder in the Brundibar children's opera. On 16th of October 1944, he was deported from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz , where he died in the gas chamber. He was 15 years old .
Tickets can be purchased in advance in the J. K. Tyl Theatre .