Monday, April 11, 2011


Presented by the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University

The evening features an original staging of the children’s opera Brundibar written by Czech composer Hans Krasa and performed by child inmates in Theresienstadt (Terezin, Czechoslovakia) in 1943-44. The opera was a favorite at Theresienstadt, and was performed there by children dozens of times over a two-year period. The most notable performance took place on June 23, 1944, when it was presented for a visiting Red Cross delegation, a show that became part of the Nazi propaganda film The Fuhrer Presents the Jews with a City.

Child survivor Ela Weissberger who performed in the opera will receive a Seton Hall Humanitarian of the Year award and will speak to the performers and the audience about her experiences in the camp. The production is under the direction of Jason Tramm, musical director of the New Jersey State Opera.

WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind the train station, just off South Orange Avenue

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