Silence, the King Is Listening
Alternative Stage
Silence, the King Is Listening

Children's performances - Nikos Kypourgos

December 2021 - January 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Thomas Moschopoulos
(in collaboration with the composer)

Transcription for small ensemble: 
Kharálampos Goyós

Theo Abazis

Set & costume designer: 
Kenny McLellan

Lighting designer:
Nikos Sotiropoulos

Associate director:
Eleana Tsichli

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Haris Andrianos
Dimitris Nalbantis
Vassia Zacharopoulou

With the participation of a 4-member instrumental ensemble

Ticket prices (matinées and Sundays): 12€, 15€
Students, children: 10€
Daily performances for schools: 10€

In line with the restrictive measures for the protection of public health against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is noted that according to the instructions of the Greek State, GNO’s venues at the SNFCC will operate at a 100% capacity and only for persons who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 (audience members need to present a respective valid certificate). Children from 4 to 17 years of age may present a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 or a negative self-test result declaration, provided that the test has been taken within the last 24h.

The Greek National Opera does not collect or process any personal data during the certificate verification process.

– All measures to prevent overcrowding when entering and exiting the venue will apply, and mask-wearing is mandatory upon entering and exiting the venue and throughout the duration of the performance.

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Alternative Stage

Children's performances

Silence, the King Is Listening

Nikos Kypourgos

Available Dates

  • 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 Dec 2021

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 December 2021

Morning performances • Starts at 11.00 (21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31/12)

 Matinée performances • Starts at 18.30 (21, 22, 23, 24/12), 19.30 (19, 26/12)  


Production sponsor: 

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Nikos Kypourgos’ and Thomas Moschopoulos’ “little musical”, a sparkling offshoot of the early, fertile period of the Athens Concert Hall that has since asserted itself as one of the most popular works of contemporary Greek music theatre, arrives at the GNO Alternative Stage to captivate the public with its humour, poetic vein and subversive spirit. The work is presented in a new, inventive staging by Theo Abazis –ex-deputy director of the National Theatre of Greece and well-known for a series of productions that inseparably fuse the musical and theatrical element– staffed with an excellent cast of young, bright opera stars.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes and (improbably!) dedicated to the memory of the American pioneering composer John Cage, Silence, the King Is Listening is, at the same time, an ideal introduction of younger as well as (why not?) older spectators to the concepts, techniques and tools of musical composition, and also a hilarious, ruthless attack to all kinds of hypocritical snobbery that deaden musical creation and reception.

Deftly poised between operatic traditionalism and playful postmodernism, Silence, the King Is Listening tells the story of a music-loving, though intolerable king who is never satisfied, no matter what pieces of music his court musician plays. The musician is roused from his despair by the Muse, who seizes the opportunity to return to a job she had not practised since the glorious eras of Schubert, Mozart and Bach. She enlists the help of the seven notes of the musical scale, inspiring the musician to write a wonderful piece – which once again fails to satisfy the king! It’s time, therefore, for the imagination to give (as always!) a solution…