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THURSDAY, FEB 07 2019, 07:30 PM

Join us on February 7th for a ground-breaking performance fusing opera and animation, bringing the story of Anne Frank to the ACFNY stage. In the role of Anne Frank, Kate Fruchterman, accompanied by Yumiko Osaragi on the piano, brings to life the optimistic, heartening, and timeless words excerpted from Anne Frank's diary. Animation designer Yuriko Katori's 2000 animations illustrate the history of WWII, Anne's life, her hiding place as well as family and friends. The Vienna and NYC-based director Anna Etsuko Tsuri has united the contemporary music of Russian composer Grigory Frid with visual art into a vivid theatrical experience.

For a teaser video of the performance, please click >>here.


Anna Etsuko Tsuri (Director) 
Anna Etsuko Tsuri is a internationally experienced opera stage director. She was the first Japanese graduate for opera directing at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, an elite program that only accepts a few students each year. She has directed more than 20 opera projects in many cities like Vienna, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Boston and Washington DC. She has put two of her productions at the John F. Kennedy Center. Her other work experience consists of 80 productions at opera houses and festivals such as the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Washingon National Opera, Komische Opera Berlin, Théâtre du Soleil à Paris, Bregenzer Festspiel, Dortmund Opera Haus, New National Theater Tokyo, and the Bayreuth Festival for Young Artists. In 2009, NHK (Japanese national TV network) made her the main focus of the hour-long documentary. She has also been interviewed and featured in TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, digital publications, DVD, and book. She is the founder of Opera Pomme Rouge. www.annaetsukotsuri.com

Kate Fruchterman (Anne)
Soprano Kate Fruchterman made her role debut in Frid's Anne Frank with Opera Pomme Rouge in 2018. Ms. Fruchterman was praised for her "flawless vocal perfor­mance" for her Marzelline (Fidelio) debut at West Bay Op­era. Through the Amber Capital Scholarship from the Opera Foundation, she sang at the Teatro Regio di Torino for the 2015-16 season, appearing as Sacerdotessa (Aida), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), and Mother (Pollicino), among others. Recent roles include Corinna (Il Viaggio à Reims), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Ms. Fruchterman holds a Master of Music from Mannes Col­lege and a Bachelor of Music from the University of South­ern California. www.katefruchterman.com

Yumiko Osaragi (piano)
Yumiko Osaragi is a Vienna-based pianist / accompanist who is specialized for opera. In 2004 she received a scholarship from the Okada Foundation and began to study Lied accompaniment and operatic accompaniment in Vienna. From 2009-2012 she was invited as a faculty member at the Institute for Voice and Music Theater at the Universität für Musik und Dartstellende Kunst Wien. Yumiko is also a faculty member for the class of Lieder and oratorio in the Prayner Conservatorium Vienna and as a répétiteur in the State Grammar High-School for Music and Art, Vienna. As an accompanist and solo-pianist she has performed in numerous theatres and concert halls such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Schönbrunn Theater, Roßauer Kasserne, Haus der Musik and the Republic of Austria Parliament. Among others, Yumiko has collaborated with several world-famous singers such as Elisabeth Kulmann, Aida Garifullina, Tommi Hakala, Ursula Pfitzner, Victoria Loukianetz and Daichi Fujiki. Her artistic collaboration with world-renowned conductors and directors include; Tiziano Duca, Beverly Blankenship, Peter Marschik and Robert Simma.

Yuriko Katori
Yuriko Katori is a visual artist working in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY and her BA in Literature from Waseda University in Tokyo. Her recent exhibitions include Neurotitan in Berlin, Hankyu Umeda gal­lery in Osaka, Curate NYC 2013, and The Pyramida Centre for Contemporary Art in Israel. She has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project and the ChaNorth. She frequently makes artist books/graphic novels and regularly contributes her work to Trapper Keeper by Mega press. www.yurikokatori.com

Special thanks to Shu Odamura (Stage Manager), Takaaki Ando (Technical Director), Mayumi Maeda (Hair-Makeup Artist), Aayaka Inada (Costume Designer), Ryo Yamaguchi (Projection Design), and Kaita Fukushima (Assistant Stage Director).