Brundibar Pop-Up Opera

Live at San Jacinto Plaza

Brundibár is an opera written for children. No more

than forty minutes long, it was composed in 1938 by

Hans Krása, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister, as an

entry for a children’s opera competition. It received

its premiere in German-occupied Prague and was

performed by children at the Jewish Orphanage in

Belgicka Street. Brundibár had one additional performance in the Hagibor building before the mass

transports of Bohemian and Moravian Jews to Terezín began in 1942. In July 1943, the score of Brundibár

was smuggled into camp, where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who

were available to play at that time. The premiere of the Terezín version took place on 23 September

1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks.

Realising the propagandistic potential of this enormously popular artistic endeavour, the Nazis arranged a special new staging of Brundibár for the propaganda  film  Theresienstadt - eine Dokumentarfilm aus den jüdische Siedlungsgebiet (directed by Kurt Gerron), and the same production was performed for the inspection of Terezín by the International Red Cross in September 1944. This would be the last of the fifty-five performances in the Terezín ghetto; two weeks later, transportation of artists to Auschwitz and other destinations East began, silencing the most popular theatrical production in Terezín.

Sunday  June 21, 2020

9:00 am


An original children’s opera by Martha Hill Duncan & Janet Windeler Ryan

Searching the Painted Sky is the story of two sisters, Leda, an older teenager, and Lulu, a young girl, who have lost their mother to illness and are now living in poverty with their father. Although their laid back dad loves his kids, he is not always the greatest at providing them necessities. After a run-in with an exotic fortune teller, Leda’s life takes a turn into fantasy, complete with strange, funny and fantastical characters.


Searching the Painted Sky was written for and premiered by The Youth Opera of El Paso at the 2014 National Opera Association Convention in New York City.

Kimberley WolFenbarger-Nakamoto

Artistic Director

David A. Nakamoto

Executive Director


THIS . IS . EL PASO  Benefit Concert for the

Victims of the El Paso Shooting

with proceeds going to the

El Paso Community Foundation


Music Literacy Programs - Focusing on Theory, Sight Singing, solfege for State/College Auditions


Texas Future Music Educators Assembly - Division of TMEA for students to explore the Field of Music


6th grade Honor Choir - Helping students prepare

for Middle School All-Region <Pilot Program>


Palo Duro High School Performance

Collaboration in Amarillo Texas


Annual Children's Opera Production


University of New Mexico Choir Collaboration

in Albuquerque New Mexico


Texas Future Music Educators Assembly - Division of TMEA for students to explore the Field of Music


Kids Excel Performance at the Plaza Theatre


All State Choir Camp - Taking students to camps

in Canyon, Texas and Midland, Texas


Summer Musical Production - Collaboration with ActorSpace, Kids Excel, and El Paso Community College

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