Anne & Zef

opera for soprano, baritone, fl, cl, bs, hn, perc, vi1, vi2, vla, vc, cb

45’00  |  2015  |  Dutch

Also available in German, Italian, English, English w. Cantonese dialogues,  French

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LUN 1007 - 1        Anne & Zef    (Dutch, orig.)   

Libretto                               Ad de Bont

Italian                                    Marco Morgantini

English                                 Jonathan Levi

Deutsch                               Monique Krüs based on texts by Barbara Buri

 Commission                    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra asked Krüs to compose an    

opera about Anne Frank in 2015. She based Anne & Zef on the successful play Anne en Zef 

by Ad de Bont, who used parts of Anne's diary as a starting point. The opera was created 

in Dutch and although written with a young audience in mind, it is suited for anyone older

than 12. And for any language - until now it has been translated (and performed!)

into Italian, English, German, and partly Cantonese.  New translations and productions are planned.

Premiere                            April 7th, 2015 in de NedPho Koepel, Amsterdam 

Intern. premiere           March 12, 2017 in Rome (new staging, in Italian)

More performancens in Beijing, Bielefeld (new staging), Hong Kong (new staging) Albania, The Hague 2022

Zef, a fifteen year-old Albanian boy from our time, was killed because of the Kanun, the blood revenge. In the afterlife he meets Anne Frank and they find out they have a lot in common: a violent death, problems with parents, Anne loved to write, Zef loved to act. Both were robbed of their freedom prior to their premature deaths: Anne in the 'Achterhuis',  Zef had to hide in his own home to stay safe. Their curiosity about each other leads to poignant, funny and at times melancholy scenes. Gradually they grow closer to each other.

Key element in the story is the 'unknown diary' of Anne: Ad de Bont created new texts as if Anne had continued to write: 'First on a stone or in the sand, then in the air and finally only in my head'.


‘The music is accessible and captivating. Intense scenes, such as those told by Anne about Westerbork and Auschwitz, are interspersed with lyrical, colourful music.’  

‘Ad de Bont (…) bewerkte zijn tekst over de eeuwige verbinding tussen vrijheid, eeuwigheid en liefde tot een libretto. Met de hartverwarmende muziek van Monique Krüs levert dat (…) een diepontroerende voorstelling op.’  NRC

‘De jonge sopraan Lilian Farahani is een ontwapenende Anne, nu eens serieus, dan weer springerig brutaal. Benjamin de Wilde is een jongensachtige Zef, (…) een eenentwintigste eeuwse jongen, die vrolijk rapt en heel sexy danst voor Anne als hij haar wil troosten. (…) Wat deze opera (…) toch iets lichtvoetigs geeft, is de voorzichtige toenadering tussen twee gedoemde jonge mensen die troost en iets als liefde, of in elk geval een zekere menselijkheid, vinden bij elkaar.’  Theaterkrant 

Cast and crew at the premiere

Directed by Corina van Eijk / Opera Spanga

Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest | Nederlands Kamerorkest o.l.v. Huba Hölloköi

Anne                Lilian Farahani                                                Zef                              Benjamin de Wilde


Set                   Jolanda Lanslots                                            Costumes               Pieter van Rooij             

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IBAN                    NL72 RBRB 0205043933

BIC                        RBRBNL21.



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