Holocaust-era operaperformed in Toledo

Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 12:37 PM EST
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The Toledo Symphony Orchestra presented the Holocaust-era children's Opera Brundibár on Thursday at the historic Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.

TSO and the Toledo School for the Arts collaborated to bring "Brundibár" to the stage.

Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger, who played the role of the Cat in every performance of Brundibár, was one of few child performers at Theresienstadt who survived the war. Ela's daughter, Tamar Grishpon, spoke about her mother's experiences at the performances on Thursday.

"The unlikely survival of this opera is remarkable," Artistic Director at the Toledo School for the Arts David Sayers said. "The actual events of what happened to the original performers at Theresienstadt should never be forgotten, and we are honored to present these shows with the Toledo Symphony to commemorate the original cast, enlighten the community, and remind everyone that music and art can outlast hate."

A portion of ticket sales will go to support the Jewish Federation.