Indiana University to World Premiere ‘Anne Frank’

By David Salazar

Indiana University is set to present the world premiere of “Anne Frank.”

The opera, which was commissioned by the Jacobs School of Music, was created by an all-Jewish team comprised of composer Shulamit Ran, librettist Charles Kondek, and conductor Arthur Fagen.

Fagen, who is a professor of music and chair of the Jacobs School of Music Department of Orchestral Conducting, is the son of Holocaust survivors. His mother Rena was a prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp and was saved thanks to German industrialist Oskar Schindler.

Fagen’s family kept in touch with Schindler after the war and Schindler even helped Fagen when was 21-year-old commencing his career at the Frankfurt Opera.

“As a son of Holocaust survivors, part of my mission as a musician has been, whenever it was in my power, to create events that reminded us of the Holocaust,” Fagen said in an official press statement issued by the UNiversity. “It’s something that I hope to continue to do as long as I’m working. I think of all the events that I’ve been involved with, in some ways, this is the biggest one.”

“Anne Frank” opens on March 3, 2023 and runs for four performances, the final one coming on March 10, 2023. The opera will feature Kate Johnson and Anne Slovin in the title role. Other performers including Sylvester Makobi, Catarine Hancock, Shir Ordo, Lexi Taylor, Olivia Gronenthal, Marcus Timpane, Aaron Murphy, Jenna Kreider, Lillie Judge, Cassie Glaeser, Madeleine Gotschlich, Benjamin Czarnota, Skyler Schlenker, Jeremy Do, and Charles Vega.