Brundibar - a Children Opera of Holocaust - Grieg in Bergen 2020

Brundibar - a Children Opera of Holocaust

Jewish Composers in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp
SUN 23. AUG at 7.30 pm
1st part of the concert

2nd part of the concert

Actors: Bjørghild Espeland - Aline Boganes - Rut Meling

Singer students from Ung Opera (Young Opera) at Hå Culture School
Edvard Grieg girl choir

Goedele Taveirne, piano
Maria Svensen, director

The background of the opera is special. It was performed in the Theresienstadt concentration camp 55 times. A number of children were on the cast list, a list which continuesly changed because children were sendt to the gas chambers. In 1944 a special performance was done for the Red Cross, who came to Theresienstadt to inspect the living conditions in the camp. Red Cross did not know, however, that many of the children already had been deported to Ausschwitz in order to show Red Cross that the camp was not overcrowded. Most of the participants in the production, including the composer, later were murdered in Auschwitz. Isolated, one can regard Brundibar as a fairytale where at the end good wins over evil. But if you know the background, the story at once reveals another depths.

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1st part of the concert
Composers Hans Krasa - Gideon Klein - Victor Ullmann and others

2nd part of the concert
Music by Hans Krasa
Libretto: Adolf Hoffmester
Translation: Tor Fagerland

Isolated, one can regard Brundibar as a fairytale where at the end good wins over evil. But if you know the background, the story at once reveals another depth. In the stories left by is the children who survived Holocaust, they express how important music is; it gives humans power, relief, hope and calmness, under very difficult circumstances.

The Russian-Norwegian soprano, ELIZAVETA AGRAFENINA is finishing her Masters in classical singing at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Sasja Hunnego. She has previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy ... in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.

Elizaveta is a part of the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway and took previously a year course at the Dutch National Opera Academy. For the season of 2019/2020, Elizaveta sung in Werther by Massenet at the Bergen National Opera in Norway and in several productions at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart.

Elizaveta is strongly committed to the performance of lied and chamber music and has given recitals in various halls in The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy and Indonesia together with pianists such as Kiril Kozlovsky, Satomi Chihara, Mariam Khataryan, Stephen Higgins, Jaap Kooi and Frans van Ruth. She is quickly becoming recognized for her musical versatility in a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the Baroque period through 21st century contemporary music. She has recently performed Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Shostakovitch’s From Jewish Folk Poetry and Six Songs by Alexander Blok op. 127 and Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 by Villa-Lobos with 8 Cellos lead by Jelena Ocic.

Elizaveta was granted a scholarship to study Italian language in Italy in 2018 and received an honorary music award from Norway in 2017. She formed DUO21 with Satomi Chihara in 2017 as well as the Finnish Chamber music festival Pyhäjärven Kamarimusiikki with Siiri Niittymaa where the goal is to perform more music by Female Composers.

She has followed masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiou (UK), Sir Thomas Allen (UK), Ira Siff (US), Margreet Honig (NL), Jeff Cohen (FR), Jeanette Favaro-Reuter (GER), Júlia Pászthy (HUN) and she has worked with conductors such as Matthew Rowe (NL), Thierry Fischer (CH), Frédéric Chaslin (FR), Masaaki Suzuki (JAP), Magnus Loddgard (NO), Peter Szilvay (NO), Wim Dijkstra (NL) and Ed Spanjaard (NL).

The Japanese pianist MAI GOTO graduated from Osaka University of Music and studied later at Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest). In 2012 she made her master degree in performing music at Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen. Mai Goto has received awards in the "Takatsuki Music Competition" and "The 19th International Young Musician Competition" in Japan. In 2009 she won 1st prize at the 24th International Music Competition Rovero d’Oro i Italia. Mai is a versatile musician and performs solo concerts, chamber music and as an accompanist. She has her base in Bergen, where she regularly plays concerts. In addition, she has appeared in several European countries, the United States and Japan.

Since 2016, Mai has participated as a performing artist and composer in children's theater with actress Karin Stautland. She also initiated «Issun Boshi – a Japanese Fairytale», performed in Reykjavik in 2019. Mai has been a regular performer at Grieg in Bergen Int Festival, together with Michael Süssmann or solo and at Arena klassisk «Show-case» in Oslo. She participated in Matteo Fargion´s " We have to dress gorgeously» during the Borealis Festival, in Bergen, Oslo and France. Mai appears frequently in solo recitals at «Siljustøl», the home of composer Harald Sæverud. Summer 2020 she will be festival artist at Fringe Festival, Reykjavik.

Concert Info
Brundibar - a Children Opera of Holocaust
Jewish Composers in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Sunday 23th of August
at 7.30 pm

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Student NOK 235
Child NOK 195
Bergen Card 235
BT Card 235

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