Petite Opera “Brundibar” with Ela Weissberger Performs to Sell Out Crowds

Brundibár resonates with audiences like nothing else

All Remaining Performances Are Sold Out***!

Remaining Performances

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!

*** Petite Opera will confirm reserved tickets with all patrons via phone or email

Petite Opera production Brundibár is playing to sold out houses.  Audiences have been moved by Ela Weissberger’s story, and by the talent of 20 Chicago-area children that come from all corners of the metro area to share this touching children’s opera, as performed in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin.  

Media coverage has been tremendous.

Barbara Brotman’s Chicago Tribune articlepreviewed the production, citing the significance of this production.

WGN-TV‘s Amy Rutledge recently interviewed Ela Weissberger, Holocaust Survivor and original cast member, who will speak before, and appear in each performance. Watch the WGN-TV interview here

Brian Cox featured an inter-generation article on Ela Weissberger, and Tess Dinerstein, who plays Ela’s original role in the production. 

Fox-TV featured the production in its newscast, describing the role this opera played in the hoax by the Nazis to demonstrate Jews were treated humanely.

Brundibár is a beautiful children’s opera written during the tragedy of World War II by composer, Hans Krasa. Brundibár was initially designed to bring hope and a sense of purpose and unity to children of an orphanage in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

It illustrates how art can become a tool of defiance and survival and give one the hope to live in the most dire of circumstances.
As Holocaust survivor and original cast member, Ela Weissberger, described the experience:

“The music was giving us strength,” Weissberger said. “We sang the victory song with such enthusiasm — that one day we will be free.”

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM 
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM SOLD OUT!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM  SOLD OUT!!!
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!

Ela Weissberger, who played the role of the Cat in all 55 performances at Terezín, will be speaking before the opera, and appearing in all eight performances.  She will provide her personal insight into her experiences of Brundibár and surviving the Holocaust.
 “This is important.  I want to make sure I share with the children how important this opera was in our lives, and how it can change theirs.  Who knows, I might not be alive next year to tell the story, and they will need to do so.” 
Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church campus, 
306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL
Purchase your tickets now:
  • Credit Card (surcharge applies)
  • Email your Box Office Will-Call pick-up reservation (cash or checks accepted)
  • Call us at 847-553-4442 to reserve your ticket for Will-Call pick-up (cash or checks accepted on performance date)
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Petite Opera performs Brundibár November 7-22, 2014 at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, part of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church campus, 306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL. 
To reserve tickets: Call 847-553-4442 or email, or purchase tickets online via credit card (convenience charges apply to credit card orders). Adult tickets are $25, Seniors (age 62 and over) are $22, Full-time Students K-College are $15, and Preschool children are $5

Petite Opera is a professional 501c3 opera company.