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Opera Camp Performances

August 3, 2019

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion


August 3 at 1pm and 4pm

Stern Grand Hall
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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Generous support for Opera Camp from
The Opera League of Los Angeles 
The California State Library, Civil Liberties Project

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This special production will weave together suites of music from three previous Opera Camp productions: Hans Krása’s World War II-era Brundibár, which was performed by children imprisoned in the Terezín concentration camp; the original work Friedl, about a woman who secretly taught art to the children of Terezín; the original work The White Bird of Poston, set during World War II in an Japanese internment camp in Arizona; and Then I Stood Up, reflecting on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (See summaries of each show below.)

Friedl was composed by Eli Villanueva, with a libretto by Leslie Stevens. It's the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, an Austrian artist and teacher who secretly taught art to the children in Terezín. Before she was killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau, she hid away the children’s drawings in a suitcase, ensuring that at least their art would survive.

Brundibár was written by Czech composer Hans Krása and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister on the eve of World War II. Two children, Annette and Little Joe, sing to raise money for their sick mother, but the cruel organ-grinder Brundibár would rather they keep silent. With the help of a cat, dog and bird, good triumphs over evil, and music has the last word.

The White Bird of Poston by composer Eli Villanueva and librettist Leslie Stevens is set during World War II in a Japanese internment camp. It tells the story of a Japanese teenage girl who forms a bond with a Native American boy while living at the Poston Internment Camp, located on the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona. Through their friendship, they help each other rediscover their cultural traditions and history.

Then I Stood Up by composer Eli Villanueva and librettist Leslie Stevens highlights inspiring young adults of the Civil Rights Movement whose personal bravery in the face of racist social systems led to major change. Claudette Colvin, Carlotta Walls, members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and more fight for what’s right. It’s not just what you stand for – it’s the moment when you actually stand up.

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