The World Premier of Singing Only Softly: A new opera by Cecilia Livingston, Monica Pearce and Alaina Viau. Presented with The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigory Frid. Co-commissioned by Loose Tea Music Theatre and Musique 3 Femmes. What version of Anne Frank are you familiar with? Did you know that passages of The Diary of Anne Frank were censored and redacted? Inspired by the original, unedited texts of the diary, Loose Tea Music Theater created Singing Only Softly. This Chamber opera voices Anne Frank as a fully formed young woman describing her experiences while discovering herself. Freshly interpreted in a current female context, it explores Anne's complex self-awareness and self-representation.
- Alaina Viau, Stage Direction, (set, lighting, projections), Production Design
- Cheryl Duvall, Musical Direction
- Maureen Russell, Costume Design
- Laura Krause, Stage Management
- Sara Schabas, Anne 1
- Gillian Grossman, Anne 2
Production Videos & Photos
Press & Reviews
"Viau / Pearce / Livingston gave their creation the precision focus of a laser"Barczablog 2019
"Anne Frank’s story affected me profoundly when I first read her diary when I was a young girl. When I learned that the diary had been edited and redacted, and that Anne had all these other layers of self-discovery and self-reflection to share, I wanted to create an opera that could share the complete diary with audiences. Anne herself wrote about the importance of equality and argued that women’s voices should be heard. I feel it is really important that Anne’s story is told by women, and that this new opera was created, performed, and produced by an all-female team. Tonight’s program offers riches of different perspectives, and beautifully encapsulates Loose Tea Music Theatre’s goals. I’m so proud to have led the concept and dramaturgy of Singing Only Softly as we brought it through development to you tonight."Alaina Viau
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