Alternative Stage

Baroque opera
Henry Purcell

The Fairy Queen

Conductor Markellos Chryssicos
Director Giannis Skourletis / bijoux de kant

27, 28, 29 April 2018
4, 5, 6, 11, 12 May 2018

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at: 20.30

Set design-costumes Konstantinos Skourletis
Movement Tasos Karahalios
Lighting Christina Thanasoula
Chorus master:
Stavros Beris
Verse translation in Greek: Glykeria Basdeki 

With: Theodora Baka, Nikos Spanos, Yannis Kalyvas, Fanie Antonelou, Haris Andrianos  

Dancer Tasos Karahalios

With the participation of the baroque music ensemble Latinitas Nostra

Fanie Vovoni, Giorgos Samoilis, 
Andreas Linos, Ilektra Miliadou, viol
Iason Ioannou, cello
Giorgos Arnis, double bass
Flora Papadopoulou, harp 
Theodoros Kitsos, theorbo
Alexis Mastihiadis, harpsichord 
Giorgos Garavounis, percussion

With the participation of the Athens Mixed Municipal Choir 

Soprano, Sofia Karvouna, Androniki Laloutsi, Kandia Bouzioti, Katerina Nounopoulou
Alto, Marina Maniadaki, Efi Minakouli, Eleni Barkagianni, Athina Xiliopoulou
Tenor, Vaggelis Aggelakis, Konstantinos Kondilis, Xristos Xristodoulo
Bass, Antonis Dimou, Nikos Bogiatzis, Giannis Sfiris 

*The performance contains nudity

Ticket prices 18, 25 € / Students 12 €


Over recent decades, major theaters worldwide have been including baroque opera productions in their repertoires, thereby filling an historical gap. The GNO’s Alternative Stage aims to make the baroque repertoire one of the key pillars of its activities, given that the Hall is ideal for the requirements of the genre in terms of size and acoustics. 
The first work to enter the GNO Alternative Stage’s repertoire in the 2017-2018 season comes not from the Italian or French repertoire which dominated the baroque period, but from the singular English baroque. The Fairy Queen has been characterized as a semi-opera or masque, because in effect it is stage music written by England’s most important baroque composer, Henry Purcell (1659-1695) for an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream written by Thomas Betterton, the most important Restoration playwright. Purcell’s work has little in common with Shakespeare’s since no verses from the playwright are there. However, it is an example of the music theater genius of the composer of Dido and Aeneas, and his rich imagination which brings life to allegorical forms and gives shape to the libretto’s loose plot.
Giannis Skourletis (along with bijoux de kant), a highly idiosyncratic director with a strongly baroque sense of aesthetics, was charged with directing and creating the visuals for Purcell’s fairytale. The work is conducted by Markellos Chryssicos.


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