Mahogany Opera Group comes to the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival with a critically acclaimed new touring production of Hans Krása’s Brundibár, the 1938 children’s opera famously performed in World War II concentration camp Thereseinstadt.
Combining playful folk song with a powerful moral message about overcoming adversity, Brundibár tells the story of Aninka and Pepíček, who are too poor to buy milk for their ailing mother. When they try to busk for money in the square the evil organ-grinder Brundibár chases them away. With the help of a fearless sparrow, keen cat, wise dog and the town children, the courageous siblings hatch a midnight plan, eventually defeating Brundibár – and leading everyone in a joyfully triumphant musical finale.
A team of professional musicians, director, conductor and production staff is working with Pembroke Academy of Music in Walworth, South London, to give young performers an amazing creative opportunity – and bring audiences an entertaining and uplifting professional production.
‘Brundibár emerges here as a beguiling score of alphabetical simplicity and melodic freshness that tugs at the heartstrings and sets feet tapping’ (The Daily Telegraph)