As Meninas do Quarto 28 The Girls of Room 28, Theresienstadt
As Meninas do Quarto 28The Girls of Room 28, Theresienstadt

June 13, 2019

Welsh National Opera House

Cardiff/Wales, Millennium Centre

The exhibition The Girls of Room 28  opened in Wales Millennium Centre on 7 June 2019 in Cardiff, as part of Welsh National Opera’s FREEDOM Season. It can be seen till end of June. 

Thanks to WNO's music director Tomáš Hanuš, son of Anna Hanusová, our beloved Flaška, the exhibition is now on display in the MC in Cardiff.

7 June 2019. Opening Words to the exhibition in Cardiff
Hannelore Brenner Opening Words WNO.pdf
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David Pountney and Tomáš Hanuš

One of the highlights of this year's Freedom Season are performances of the opera Brundibár by Hans Krása. 

The opera will be directed by David Pountney, theatre-and opera director and artistic director of WNO.

Tomáš Hanuš, musical head of the WNO, will conduct the music.


Tomaš, Flaška and Brundibár

Anna Hanusová (Flaška) 1930-2014

Flaška, as Anna Hanusová was nicknamed by her friends, was and is the soul of the "Girls of Ro0m 28" Project (Room 28 Projects). It was her desire to create a lasting memory in honour of their friends of Room 28.

Flaška was part of the Brundibár ensemble in Theresienstadt and for many years shared her experiences with thousands of people, young and old, and conveyed to them how it was for her to play in Brundibár and what the opera meant to her and the children. 

I am happy that it is her son Tomaš who is conducting the music of this outstanding WNO production.

Brundibár and the Girls of Room 28

America edition, Schocken Books, 2009

Brundibár and the Girls of Room 28 - these are two stories closely intertwined... 

which is why the American publisher of the book (Schocken Books) created  this book-cover with a still of the propaganda film (known as 'The Führer gives a City to the Jews') with children in Theresienstadt singing the finale of Brundibár.)


For more information on Brundibár, visit: Brundibár

More about the book here

Remembering Anna Hanusová:


Update: 1 March 2020

Rights: Albatros, Prague

A new Czech edition will be published in 2020 by Albatros Media, Prague.

Rights: Swiat Ksiaski, Warsaw

A new Polish edition will be published in 2020 by  Swiat Ksiaski, Warsaw.

English book-rights available.

The contract with Schocken Book ended.  The English rights are available. 

Book-rights: Hannelore Brenner

Portuguese book-rights available

Book-rights: Hannelore Brenner

Learn all about Room 28 Projects and the Educational Project in the above Compendium. 

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