Petite Opera’s BRUNDIBAR with Ela Weissberger Touching Audiences and Selling Out

Brundibár opening weekend strikes a chord with Petite Opera audiences

Petite Opera is thrilled to stage the children’s opera, Brundibár, as performed in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin.  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: 

As described in the by Barbara Brotman Chicago Tribune articleby Barbara Brotman, 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.”
Remaining Performances
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm  SOLD OUT!!!
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Seats Available
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm Seats Available

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.