By Stefanie Moore, Conspirare soprano & Annelies soloist
Longtime Conspirare soprano Stefanie Moore responds freely and personally to the provocative Annelies libretto from The Diary of Anne Frank featured in the upcoming January 8-9 performances by Conspirare Symphonic Choir.
Holding the score for Annelies for the first time, I felt the weight of responsibility of singing these words. But then they are just the words of a girl! One girl out of 6 million people who died, for what? How easy to take the fears and dangers of our lives and place blame on a person or persons different in eyes or skin or god. How EASY is it is the scariest part of it.
Just an ordinary girl
we are all just ordinary
The ordinary people dying on the floor at the Bataclan nightclub in Paris, whispering love to each other…
The ordinary people fleeing Syria, drowning in the sea, begging for amnesty…
what makes us feel exempt from this human condition? so far away from suffering?
“oh death, oh evil, where is thy sting?”
If a girl can find joy in the midst of terror at
just the sight of the sky, of a certain tree,
if love can be the last words of the massacred does evil stand a chance?
Anne said, “In spite of all that has happened, i still believe that people are really good at heart.”
But Anne, why should any of us believe that, when fear so easily places us back at the first step — “who do I blame for my suffering?” — the step that leads to this terrible conclusion over and over again?
the refugees now from ISIL and Syria
the refugees we might face in the years to come due to climate change
what will it take to hear the word LOVE behind it all? What will break our hearts wide open?
is it anne’s diary
is it newtown
“later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
where does it hurt?
— from what they did yesterday afternoon by Warsan Shire