Long Beach Opera takes Diary of Anne Frank to Irvine

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lb opera diary anne frankOn May 15, Long Beach Opera will take their show on the road for a performance in Orange County for the first time.

As part of the Irvine Barclay Theatre‟s 20th Anniversary Season, LBO will present Grigori Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Originally produced in April 2007 and previously reprised in 2008, the enthusiastic response of critics and audiences has prompted Long Beach Opera to bring The Diary of Anne Frank back one more time.

In this moving opera, Anne Frank sings of her hopes, fears, and dreams during the two years she spent hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic.

Stage Director and Designer Mitisek interweaves scenes from Anne‟s Diary with the memories of Laura Hillman who was 16 in 1942 when she and her family were sent to a deportation camp. Laura tells of finding love in the Holocaust and her survival as one of the 1,100 Jews on Schindler‟s List. A 9-piece orchestra accompanies soprano Ani Maldjian who reprises her critically acclaimed role as Anne Frank. Anne and Laura‟s stories create a bridge from the past to the present reminding us of a dark part of history and a lesson which should never be forgotten. Sung and spoken in English.

“I don‟t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank (Diary)

The Diary of Anne Frank will take place May 15 at 8 p.m. with a pre-performance talk with Laura Hillman and Andreas Mitisek at 7 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612.

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