The Diary of Anne Frank (opera)

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Grigory Frid at the "House of Composers" in Ruza, 2004

The Diary of Anne Frank is a monodrama in 21 scenes for soprano and chamber orchestra, composed in 1968 and first performed in 1972. The music and libretto are by Grigory Frid, after the eponymous diary.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

The 13-year-old Anne Frank is hiding with her family in a house in Amsterdam from July 1942 until their arrest in August 1944. She describes the people she sees, her different moods, and her emotions in her diary, telling of her pleasure at a birthday gift, or the sight of blue sky from her window, or her awakening attraction for Peter, but also her fear and loneliness.

Description[edit]

Frid wrote his own libretto for the work, structuring the original texts to provide a rich and varied portrait of Anne and the people around her in 21 brief scenes. The opera lasts one hour.[1][2]

Scenes[edit]

  1. Prelude
  2. Birthday
  3. School
  4. Conversation with Father
  5. Summons to the Gestapo
  6. The Hiding Place / The Bell Tower West
  7. At the Little Window
  8. I Was Told
  9. Despair
  10. Memory
  11. Dream
  12. Interlude
  13. Duet of Mr and Mrs Van Daan
  14. Thieves
  15. Recitative
  16. I Think of Peter
  17. On the Russian Front
  18. Razzia
  19. Loneliness
  20. Passacaglia
  21. Finale

The opera, composed in 1968, was first performed with piano accompaniment at the All-Union House of Composers in Moscow on either 17 or 18 May 1972.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

The opera's intimate nature and chamber orchestra scale means that it works well in small spaces and using small forces. In summer 2012, Operabase listed it as the most frequently staged lyric work by a living composer over the previous five years.[3]

Discography[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Frid's The Diary of Anne Frank". Sikorski. 
  2. ^ a b c "Grigory Frid". New Grove Dictionary of Opera II: 303. 
  3. ^ "Opera Statistics". Operabase. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Scene 5: The Gestapo (1'29) on YouTube, Opera Theatre Company, Dublin 2010. Ani Maldjian; Conductor: Andrew Synnott; Directors: Annilese Miskimmon, Ingrid Craigie
  • Scenes 15, 16: Peter (4'32) on YouTube, sireneOperntheater, Vienna 2008. Nina Plangg; Conductor: Jury Everhartz; Director: Kristine Tornquist