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Grigori Frid

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Diary of Anne Frank (1968)
Work Notes
available in the USA, Canada and Mexico only
Text Writer
Ulrike Patow
Hans Sikorski
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1 Hour 0 Minutes
English, German, Russian
Programme Note
Grigori Frid The Diary of Anne Frank (1968)
Anne's profound thoughts, her naive joy over a gift or a patch of blue sky, her fear and will to remain courageous, her budding love for Peter, her sense of situation comedy, and hope for freedom — all this finds expression in The Diary of Anne Frank. The libretto, taken from the original diary, is integrated into a musical-lyrical narrative, which shows both the tragedy of the events and the girl's poetic expressive power.

  • 22 JAN 2021
    Hinckley Studio Theatre / Portland, OR / USA
    Portland Opera
    Nicholas Fox, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24,26,28,30 January; 2,4,6 February - Hinckley Studio Theatre / Portland, OR / USA

...clearly heartfelt. As a monodrama for Anne, it focuses on her inner life in 21 short sections. The composer's musical style is not strongly Russian, although there are hints of Shostakovich along with others of Weill and Hindemith. The score — a chamber version was used — is effectively illustrative in its suggestions of sour marches, somber waltzes and moody folk songs. The vocal writing fits the words closely and offers a technical and emotional tour de force for a game soprano.
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times,19/04/2007
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