One of Verdi’s most important operas is brought to life by the world’s leading singers – in one of the most beautiful open-air theatres of antiquity. Il Trovatore is presented by the Greek National Opera under the baton of Miltos Logiadis, the maestro and artistic director of the Athens Concert Hall, and here features such world-famous performers as: Walter Fraccaro, Cellia Costea, Dimitri Platanias and Yelena Manistina.
The Melodrama of Romanticism
The plot of Il Trovatore, replete with unexpected twists and passion, is expressed through the exquisite melodies in all of its musical parts – in the arias, duets and choruses which, both individually and together as a complete work, are well known even to those who may otherwise be unfamiliar with opera. Il Trovatore is truly one of the world’s most widely known and deeply loved operas.
An impressive production
Il Trovatore was first performed at the Herodion five summers ago, when it scored a resounding success. This summer, the artists who will be performing the leading roles, along with the rest of the production– sets, costumes and lighting – are preparing to reprise that earlier triumph, filling the Herodion for all four performances on July 21, 23, 25 and 27. In Italian, with Greek and English subtitles.
The Old Slaughterhouse on Hydra is the DESTE Foundation’s main exhibition space on the island. From 2009, it has hosted modern works by one or more artists, with a primary focus on highlighting the atmosphere and special nature of the space itself. This summer from July 20 until September 30, the DESTE Foundation is hosting the exhibition “FIGA” by the American artist Kara Walker, a work of sculpture which is expected to stimulate a great deal of discussion of its symbolism and possible meanings.
The Fist or (according to the artist) “The left hand of a Sphinx”
With the title “FIGA” and the artist’s further description “the left hand of a Sphinx”, Walker is attempting, through this emotionally charged gesture – a fist made of sugar – to create a “spiritual” work, a kind of pilgrimage for anyone looking for spiritual and material fulfillment at the end of a catastrophic journey, a kind of reward at the conclusion of a difficult and painful endeavor.
From New York to the Old Slaughterhouse on Hydra
FIGA, which was created in 2014 in Brooklyn and has now been brought to Greece, the birthplace of Western Civilization – and to the Old Slaughterhouse on Hydra – hopes to be transformed from a work of art to a holy relic. This transformation will slowly and surely culminate in the coating of the fist in a layer of sugar, a symbolic act (like the whole of the work itself) which serves to represent our loss of: home, country, ideology and faith, a loss which is the defining characteristic of our age.
His music upsets you – peacefully; stirs you to your very depths and is like no other. Ludovico Einaudi manages to popularize the genre of classical music while incorporating into his musical universe many other genres as well, magically blending and harmonizing them. He is coming to the Herodion for the second time since 2014 to perform his new album Elements, which has climbed to the top of the classical music charts, and is once again expected to thoroughly captivate his audience.
An avant-garde classicist
Einaudi completed his studies as a musician and composer of classical music. However, despite a promising career as a piano soloist, he soon took to composing pieces in various genres, influenced by the composer Luciano Berio, his teacher and mentor. In his musical compositions, many of which have become soundtracks to well-known films, he often combines and juxtaposes pop, rock, folk and electronica, creating an ambient, classical, modern sound.
His new album, Elements
Recorded in his native Italy, Elements employs different instruments and is influenced by mathematics and other sciences, literature, colors and landscapes and, naturally, a mix of different genres. It has already proved a hit with audiences, who are transported on a journey through the worlds of image, thought and emotion.
From his beginnings as a visual artist until today, Dimitris Papaioannou has charted a 30-year course of original creativity, harmoniously weaving together his many abilities as a choreographer, director, painter, interpreter, curator and comic-book artist. In his newest work – The Great Tamer – Papaioannou brings 10 performers onstage to depict human life as a journey of discovery and hidden treasures, a plunge into the depths of the soul which promises to bring to the surface the deepest meanings of existence.
At The Onassis Cultural Center
In the welcoming space of the Onassis Cultural Center, Dimitris Papaioannou will present his new work, which is scheduled to tour mainly European cities until March 2018. In this new work he casts a fresh look at a subject which has been at the center of his concern for 30 years: how to present an image with the greatest possible simplicity and at the same time highlight the sacred element residing within even the most mundane act or situation.
Dimitris Papaioannou – the creator
From his studies in painting beside Yannis Tsarouchis when only 17 years of age, to his dance classes in Greece and New York and the creation of Edafos Dance Theater with Angeliki Stellatou in 1986, Dimitris Papaioannou has tirelessly forged a career full of important – and acclaimed – milestones. One such event was his Medea in 1993 and its revival in 2008 in Athens and Beijing, while his introduction to a far wider audience occurred with his production of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
The Great Tamer will play until June 11 on the center stage of the Onassis Cultural Center.