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Hans Krása

Online concerts "... and yet they still resound!" on YouTube channel Opera Národního divadla. Krása: from 7. 4. 2021

Musica non grata

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Basic information



Approximate running time

21 minutes, no intermission


April 7, 2021

Short film
watch online free of charge from 7 April 2021

Short film: Fragments of the opera Brundibár available online from 7 April


  • 2021-2022


Stage director
Magdalena Švecová
Camera, Animation, postproduction
Tomáš Hrůza

Musica non grata, an international cultural project of the National Theater and the German Embassy in Prague, presents a series of online concerts with music by Nazi-persecuted composers.

The Krása production focuses on one of the most touching and well-known operas of the 20th century: the children's opera "Brundibar". Hans Krása, a native of Prague, created, after deportation to a labor camp in Terezín, a "Terezian version" of his opera, which the imprisoned children performed 55 times. Hans Krása died in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1944. The State Opera Orchestra presents a suite arranged by David Matthews.

The opera director Magdalena Švecová explored an unusual concept of this suite: “The main inspiration is music as an element that cannot be silenced, it lives in the changes of time, it survives various regimes, prohibitions, commands. The instruments resound in the hands of several generations, echoes from the past, find resonance in the present. The plot of children's opera is not part of the visual concept. The fact that the work was created for children is reminded here by the figure of a little girl, who at the same time symbolizes playfulness, innocence, carefree, fragility ... Children's eyes do not judge and do not try to stop time. Children can conjure a vivid present moment, dance images, tones and shadows. The sadness, the weight of lack of freedom and the fear that accompanied the unhappy days of Terezín are indicated here only very lightly, to signal upward hope in the form of white wings. "


Hans Krása: Suite from Brundibar