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Grigori Frid’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” as a film premiere at the Badischen Staatstheater Karlsruhe

“Actually, youth is much, much lonelier than old age. The old have their opinions and don’t need to waver, because they know where things are going in life. For we young people, it is doubly difficult to assert our opinions in such times when all ideals are shattered, when people once more doubt truth, justice, God!” 

These words were written in the diary of a 15-year-old Anne Frank on 15 July 1944. The fate of the girl and her sister, perishing in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, still deeply moves the world today and has become a weighty symbol of the horror of the National Socialists and their will to exterminate. 

Russian composer Grigori Frid gives voice to her musings in a work for solo soprano that is as intimate as it is expressive. “Director Patric Seibert’s cinematic realisation clearly belongs to the young Turkish soprano Ilkin Alpay,” writes the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in announcing the film premiere in place of a stage performance. “It is an approach to the fate of Anne Frank and an examination of the question of what the period of Nazi rule in Germany - so far away from today’s younger generations - has to do with us and what it does to us.”

For the European Cultural Days Karlsruhe 2021, the film will be available online as a premiere on three dates.

Bad. State Theatre Karlsruhe 
Grigori Frid,
Mono opera “The Diary of Anne Frank”
(premiere as livestream)
Featuring: Ilkin Alpay (soprano), Virginia Breitenstein (piano), Barbara Dussler (voice)
Online on 3, 11 and 13 May, each with follow-up discussion afterwards


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