Greek National Opera
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.
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.
Originally written in 1999 for renowned Icelandic singer Bjork and the Brodsky Quartet, Sir John Tavener's "Prayer of the Heart" will be presented by pianist Nikos Laaris, singer Monika and soprano Maria Palaska at the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage on Saturday, April 20, along with other major works by the composer who was inspired by the Orthodox faith, in a tribute to sacred music at
The Greek National Opera presents two movie suites by Manos Hadjidakis at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on March 1 and 2. The first is the "The Martlet's Tale," a soundtrack penned by the great Greek composer for the 1970 film of the same title directed by John Crowther, which received such poor reviews at its San Francisco preview that it was never released.
In cooperation with London's Royal Opera House, the Greek National Opera presents a revival of Katie Mitchell's 2016 production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," directed by Robin Tebbutt, at the Stavros Niarchos Hall on March 3, 20, 22 and 24, as well as on March 10 due to demand for tickets.
The Greek National Opera has a new harpsichord thanks to a generous donation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and on Friday, February 15, there will be a special introductory performance for which admission will be free with priority coupons. Conductor and harpsichordist Markellos Chryssicos will present a unique recital featuring standard repertory and new works.