The Diary of Anne Frank (opera)
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.
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.
- Conversation with Father
- Summons to the Gestapo
- The Hiding Place / The Bell Tower West
- At the Little Window
- I Was Told
- Duet of Mr and Mrs Van Daan
- I Think of Peter
- On the Russian Front
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.
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- Grigori Frid: Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank / The Diary of Anne Frank, Sandra Schwarzhaupt, soprano, Emsland Ensemble, Hans Erik Deckert, Profil PH04044,
- The Diary of Anne Frank: Eva Ben-Tsvi soprano, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Andrey Chistiakov, reissued Brilliant Classics
- on YouTube, Opera Theatre Company, Dublin 2010. Ani Maldjian; Conductor: Andrew Synnott; Directors: Annilese Miskimmon, Ingrid Craigie
- on YouTube, sireneOperntheater, Vienna 2008. Nina Plangg; Conductor: Jury Everhartz; Director: Kristine Tornquist