Dmitri Shostakovich

Fanny Ardant’s ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ opens in Athens

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.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | Athens | May 12-22

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.

Dvorak & Shostakovich | Athens | July 16

The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra gives its first Athens performance under its new artistic director and principal conductor Zoi Tsokanou, joined by accomplished German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott. The play list at the Herod Atticus Theater will include Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor and Shostakovich's uplifting Symphony No 5. The concert starts at 9 p.m.

Hangzhou Philharmonic | Athens | April 16

The Philharmonic Orchestra of Hangzhou comes to Athens as part of a series of events celebrating cultural ties between Greece and China on Monday, April 16. Conducted by Yang Yang, the ensemble will perform selections of Wagner, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. The concert starts at 8.30 p.m. and tickets ranges from 12-45 euros.

Battleship Potemkin | Athens | July 5

The Greek Festival is screening Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 masterpiece "Battleship Potemkin" at the open-air Herods Atticus Theater on Wednesday, July 5, with live music from the Athens State Orchestra. Dmitri Shostakovich's symphonies 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11 accompany 65 minutes of breathtaking cinema under the baton of distinguished German conductor Jens Troester.

Transcription Ensemble | Athens | May 10

The Transcription Ensemble - comprising Yiorgos Kandylidis on violin, cellist Christos Grimpas and Nikos Zafranas on piano - will perform works by Alexander Scriabin, Arthur Lourie, Paul Juon, Sergey Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich inspired by photographs of Russian avant-garde art from the Costakis Collection that will be shown during the concert. The show starts at 8.30 p.m.

Munich Philharmonic Quartet | Athens | October 20

The Athens Concert Hall is hosting the Munich Philharmonic Quartet for an evening of chamber music on Thursday, October 20. The ensemble, which comprises Iason Keramidis (violin), Clement Courtin (violin), Konstantin Sellheim (viola) and Manuel von der Nahmer (cello), will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Waterhouse. The concert starts at 8.30 p.m.