Greek National Opera
The International Classical Music Festival of the Cyclades is under way at the Apollon Theater in Ermoupoli on Syros. The annual festival features artists from all over the world in performances of classical works from chamber music to arias under the artistic direction of Greek National Opera violinist Giannou Margaziotis.
Pontus Lidberg and the Danish Dance Theater will be staging the Greek debut of "Siren," a dance production based on Homer's "Odyssey," at the Greek National Opera's Stavros Niarchos Hall on Sunday, July 28. The production features innovative visual design, including film projections and animations by Jason Carpenter, and is set to Franz Schubert's Piano Sonata No.
"La Traviata" tells the story of Violetta, an ill-fated French courtesan who falls in love with an unlikely man, set to music by 19th-century composer Giuseppe Verdi. Director and choreographer Konstantinos Rigos makes his operatic debut this summer with the Greek National Opera in a production to be staged at the Herod Atticus Theater on July 27, 28, 30 and 31.
Award-winning French actress Fanny Ardant directs the Greek National Opera in an ambitious and unconventional production of Dmitri Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,' which opened at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens on Sunday. Based on a novel by Nikolai Leskov, the opera explores a woman's place in provincial pre-revolutionary Russia.
The eccentric Opera Chaotique duo and the renowned Berlin-based Merlin Puppet Theater join forces at the Greek National Opera's Alternative Stage in a subversive reworking of Aristophanes' comedy "The Frogs," for two final performances on Friday and Saturday. In this reworking, Dionysus meets Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Bukowski, Artur Rimbaud and the spirit of Tom Waits.
Veteran French actor Fanny Ardant directs the Greek National Opera in an ambitious and unconventional production of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on May 12, 15, 17, 19 and 22. Based on the novel by Nikolai Leskov, the opera addresses the subject of a woman's position in provincial pre-revolutionary Russia.
Continuing its Sacred Music cycle in the runup to Easter, the Greek National Opera presents "Miracles from the Bible," a program comprising Benjamin Britten's "Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac," Arvo Part's "Sarah Was Ninety Years Old" and Michalis Adamis' "Yini Perivevlimeni ton Ilion I" (A Woman Clothed with the Sun).
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) and the Greek National Opera celebrate International Dance Day on April 29 early with an all-day program of events dedicated to this wonderful art form. Performances, parties and classes will cover the range of genres, from tap, tango and breakdance to Greek folk dances. The admission-free event starts at 10 a.m.