Brother and sister Pepíček and Aninku are too poor to buy milk for their sick mother. They sing for money in the street, but the evil organ grinder Brundibár chases them away.
With the help of a fearless sparrow, clever cat, wise dog and the children of the town, Pepíček and Aninku are able to overcome Brundibár and sing in the market square.
The playful score, performed by members of the Southbank Sinfonia and local musicians, leaps between Czech folk tunes, lively marches, polkas and waltzes. Polish bass Piotr Lempa plays the title role and is joined by a cast of young performers.
Brundibár was written in 1938 by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása and was first publicly performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. As the unlikely survival of this opera suggests, the joy and beauty expressed in music and art can outlast evil.
'Performances of Hans Krasa's Brundibár are always in some degree heart-rending, but Mahogany Opera Group's production at the Purcell Room was particularly so...' (The Independent) *****
Education resources and further information about the opera can be downloaded here .
Produced by Mahogany Opera Group in association with Jubilee Opera and Watford Palace Theatre.
Supported by Arts Council England, the Adnams Charity, Aldeburgh Town Council, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the East Suffolk Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the Foyle Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Garrick Charitable Trust, J Paul Getty Charitable Trust, the Kobler Trust, the Music Sales Charitable Trust, the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Vaulkhard Douglas-Home Music Trust, the Barbara Whatmore Trust, the Norman Scarfe Charitable Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, John and Ann-Margaret Walton, Garth and Lucy Pollard and those who wish to remain anonymous.
Photos: Eamonn McCabe