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CULTURAL TIPS

OPENING OF THE MAIN STAGE OF THE NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE AT THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION

The much-anticipated inaugural performance of the Greek National Opera’s programme at its new home is an event that aims to bridge the perceived gap between opera and modern life, to redefine opera as an art that is at once timeless and poignant, which reacts, bears witness, discusses, disagrees and unites. This fluid and vital role of opera, according to Musical Director Giorgos Koumentakis, places it in continual dialogue with society, one of the main goals of the Greek National Opera in its programme this year.

Beginning with Richard Strauss’ Elektra from the Atreides Cycle

The myth of the House of Atreus, or The Atreides Cycle, with the sacrifice of Iphigenia, the murder of Agammemnon and the revenge of Orestes and his sister Elektra, comprises one of the most enduringly popular libretto-themes for composers, musicians and audiences alike. The first work from the Atreides Cycle, Elektra by Richard Strauss, will debut on October 15 for five performances on the main stage of the National Opera featuring leading soprano Iréne Theorin in the role of Elektra and with world-renowned Agnes Baltsa (in her first time with the Greek National Opera) in the role of Clytemnestra – and with the Orchestra, Chorus and soloists of the Greek National Opera.

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The second production: Rigoletto by Verdi, from the Italian Opera Cycle

The social and cultural dimensions of Italian opera, so adored by the wider public, are here revealed in one of the darker and more melodic masterpieces of the great Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto. One of the main attractions of this production is the appearance of the great Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias in his internationally defining role. Appearing along with Platanias is the renowned coloratura soprano Christina Poulitsi in the particularly demanding role of Gilda – as well as the tenor Yannis Christopoulos. Premier on October 25 for 4 performances.

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