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The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Award-winning director Ivo van Hove directs a brilliant cast in a touching staging of Janácek’s dramatic song cycle.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Diary of One Who Disappeared. It was last on stage 5–8 June 2019 as part of the Summer 2018/19 season.


Ivo van Hove directs this staging of Janácek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared. The song cycle tells the story of a boy who has fallen in love with a gypsy girl, Zefka, and decides to leave his family and village to be with her. Janácek’s inspiration came from his friend and late love Kamila Stösslová, who was also the inspiration for Katya in Kát’a Kabanová and Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Affair.

There are 22 songs for tenor and piano, with three songs for a small choir of women, with a mezzo soprano representing Zefka. Tony-Award winning director Ivo van Hove directs a brilliant cast including Ed Lyon and Marie Hamard, with actor Wim van der Grijn. This staging brings a new element to Janácek’s original song cycle, its love story now extended through a touching coda, with music by Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys.