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Brundibar is a children's opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister.

The original text

Made most famous by performances by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. The name comes from a Czech colloquialism for a bumblebee.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2011: Presented by Cape Town Opera (18 – 21 July)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

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