If this all makes the show sound rather dry and worthy, nothing could be further than the truth. At its heart, this is an opera designed to encourage children to sing and to perform and features an array of colourful characters, including an ice cream seller, a police officer, cats, dogs and even windows.
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Banks, who sings Aninka has found being involved with this production incredibly valuable:
“Learning for an opera and especially learning to be a specific character in an opera has taught me a lot. I loved working with all the professionals – and working with a real orchestra is something I will never forget.”
Hazel Read, 14, who is playing her sibling Pepiček, adds:
“I have hopefully grown as a singer and a performer during this great experience. Brundibár is a magical tale of two youngsters on a mission to save their dying mother. Will they prevail? Come and enjoy this lively, energetic, jovial production to find out!”
Brundibár will be performed at Sage Gateshead on Sunday 30 January 2022, with a further performance in the Howard Assembly Room on Monday 7 February 2022. Tickets are available online.