Grigory Frid

The Diary of Anne Frank

This exquisite piece of music theatre raises the bar for Irish touring opera  Irish Times

A vocal tour de force    Irish Independent

This memorable and atmospheric opera was composed by Russian composer Grigory Frid, whose own family suffered enormously under Stalin. Frid was so inspired by reading Anne Frank’s diary that he created the opera in 1969.

Vivid and insightful, this dramatic opera recreates the world of 13 year-old Anne Frank in hiding, living in hope, longing for normality for herself and her family.  Sung in English by soprano Ani Maldjian, the powerful optimism and unbending will to live continue to instill awe. The focus is on Anne Frank’s original words – her joy over a glimpse of blue sky, the budding love for her friend Peter, her humour and resilient hopes for freedom – all find moving and eloquent expression in the poignant score. 

Tour Details

Sep 10 & 11, 2010 Dublin Peacock Theatre
Sep 14, 2010 Letterkenny
Sep 17, 2010 Drogheda
Sep 18, 2010 Navan Solstice
Sep 21, 2010 Waterford
Sep 23, 2010 Kilkenny
Sep 25, 2010 Kildare
Sep 28, 2010 Roscommon
Sep 30, 2010 Dundalk
Oct 2, 2010 Tralee
Oct 5, 2010 Bray
Oct 7, 2010 Galway
Oct 9, 2010 Tallaght
2011 Belfast Belfast Festival at Queens
2011 Paris Centre Culturel Irlandais
2011 Belgium Irish College Louvain

"The innovative, collective genius that is Opera Theatre Company"
Irish Times
"A vocal tour de force"
Irish Independent
"The range of orchestral colour … combined with the solo voice was breathtaking"
Irish Theatre Magazine
"This Anne Frank is a tribute to the company’s durability and commitment … OTC is a valiant organisation with a quarter of a century touring opera to over 100 locations all over Ireland behind it. The island needs the company to continue boldly on its travels"
Opera Britannia

Production Information

Soprano Ani Maldjian
Conductor Andrew Synnott
Direction Ingrid Craigie and Annilese Miskimmon
Design Nicky Shaw
Lighting Tina MacHugh

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