Opera in Williamsburg will stage the late 20th Century monodrama in the Williamsburg Library on February 6. Thanks to a grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation, this event will be free to the public; seat reservation is recommended.
Williamsburg, VA, January 13, 2019 - Grigory Frid's rendition of The Diary of Anne Frank is coming to the Williamsburg Library on February 6 at 7:30 PM. This monodrama for soprano was composed in 1968 and first performed in 1972. In his work, Frid selected passages from the diary of a 13-years-old Jewish girl, Anne Frank, who was hiding with her family in a house in Amsterdam from 1942 until their arrest by the Nazi police in August 1944. Anne did not survive the war, but her diary did and became a global bestseller, reminding millions of the state atrocities committed during those dark years.
Frid's Diary of Anne Frank has topped the list of the most frequently staged opera by a living composer for years, until Frid passed away in 2012. It will be sung in Hebrew with English supertitles by Israeli-American Soprano Ayelet Cohen, accompanied by Virginia pianist Johanna Kvam. The performance is free to the public thanks to a generous grant by the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Due to limited seating, people are encouraged to register for free tickets online.
Giving the audience time to process
"Anne Frank's story is predestined for the operatic form," said Oliver Portmann, Advisory Board Chair of Opera in Williamsburg. "The strength of opera is to take intimate and personal thoughts and emotions-like those expressed in a diary-and to draw them out to create more than just a moment but something that lasts and gives the audience time to process."
Naama Zahavi-Ely, Artistic Director of Opera in Williamsburg, added: "The subject matter has lost none of its relevance since the days of the real Anne Frank. We're tremendously grateful to the Williamsburg Community Foundation for helping us bring it to life in this town. We are thrilled by the degree of public interest; almost two thirds of the auditorium seats have already been reserved, with minimal publicity."
About Opera in Williamsburg
Opera in Williamsburg is dedicated to bringing to Williamsburg, Virginia intimate fully-staged opera with world class cast. Funded by ticket sales and the support of members of the community, Opera in Williamsburg is committed to the highest artistic standards.
To learn more and for free tickets, visit www.operainwilliamsburg.org
About the Williamsburg Community Foundation
The Williamsburg Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter in Williamsburg, VA. The Foundation's vision is to be a trusted philanthropic leader enhancing all aspects of life in the area through its unique grant and scholarship programs and its delivery of the highest quality donor services.
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