Suitcase Οpera with an exclusive donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Georges Bizet


Direction: Angela-Kleopatra Saroglou

15 February 2015

Performances begin at 20.00 
Free entrance for priority pass holders. Priority passes will be distributed one hour prior the starting time

Sets: Yorgos Kollios
Costumes: Alexia Theodoraki
Lights: Spyros Tzoras
Piano: Yiannis Tsanakaliotis

Don José:
Philippos Modinos
Arkadios Rakopoulos
Zuniga/Le Dancaïre:  
Giorgos Mattheakakis
Kassandra Dimopoulou
Antonia Kalogirou
Eleni Davou

Carmen, Bizet's legendary opera, is the new production of the Suitcase Opera. It will travel to 22 cities across Greece, in the framework of the programme Journey to the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, an exclusive donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (
Carmen is one of the most famous operas worldwide, as its power, vivacity and simplicity moves the audiences through time. Love, passion and the need for freedom are structural elements of human nature, making this tragic story a classic one. Bizet's overwhelming tunes, superb arias and duets magically outline the tragic story and the emotions of the characters.
The plot of the opera revolves around the fiery feelings of Corporal Don José for Carmen, a gypsy girl. Her liberal views about love eventually lead her to death. Angela-Kleopatra Saroglou, the production's director, has transported the action to modern Spain through the aesthetics of Pedro Almodovar's film-making.
Eminent protagonists of the Greek National Opera feature in this production. The performance duration is 80 minutes, without intermission and with Greek surtitles.
The Suitcase Opera started out in 2011. It is an initiative of the Greek National Opera; an artistic project aiming at attracting new audience and introducing it to the magic spell of the opera repertoire.
The Suitcase Opera production is flexible and travels to unusual places (cultural centres, museums, libraries, archaeological sites) supported by a fabulous cast of GNO soloists who, instead of an orchestra, will be accompanied by a pianist, whereas all its stage sets are being carried in a… suitcase.

Municipal Cultural Center of Nea Ionia (Mandilara-Stadiou, Nea Ionia Volos)

For a detailed schedule of events for each city, and for any other information, please contact the following:
Neapoli Children’s Library (ΚΔΑΠ) of the Municipality of Volos [Neapoleos 76, Volos tel.: 24210 64336]

  Exclusive donor