The emperor's nightingale The emperor's nightingale
Stavros Niarchos Hall
The emperor's nightingale
SEASON 2019/20 - Lena Platonos
October 2019 - January 2020
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Lena Platonos

Lena Platonos - Stergios Tsirliagos

Giorgos Voloudakis

Katerina Petsatodi

Eirini Vianelli

Evangelia Therianou

Alexia Theodoraki

Music coaching/Conductor
Michalis Papapetrou

Christos Tziogkas

Sound design
Stergios Tsirliagos


Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Nikos Kotenidis

Courtier / Death
George Roupas

Marilena Striftobola

Fisherman / Chamberlain / Technician
Yannis Filias

Nightingale's friend / Technician
Myrto Bokolini (23/10, 3/11, 11/12)
Niki Chaziraki (20/10, 19, 20/11, 12/12 & 22, 23, 26/1, 23/2)

Violinist / Conductor
Dimitris Nalbandis

Maria Skoula


Ticket prices: Weekdays: 12 euros
Sundays: 15, 20 euros
Children, students: 12 euros
Limited visibility seats: 5 euros

Stavros Niarchos Hall

The emperor's nightingale

Lena Platonos
Opera for children and youth

Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at: 11.00 |   


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In collaboration with the Animasyros International Animation Festival + Agora

After having impressed children and adults at the Alternative Stage, Lena Platonos’ musical fairy tale The emperor’s nightingale will be presented during the 2019/20 season on the big stage of the Stavros Niarchos Hall. It is an impressive production in which opera engages in a dialogue with animation.

Lena Platonos wrote The emperor’s nightingale, a “musical fairy tale with operatic features and neo-impressionistic music”, as she herself has described it, in 1989, to a libretto by Giorgos Voloudakis, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the same title. 

In one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, the emperor of China is moved by the singing of a nightingale with an enchanting voice. When the emperor receives as a gift an electronic nightingale that monotonously sings the same song, the real nightingale leaves the palace. Many years later, when the emperor is very sick and the electronic nightingale no longer works, the real nightingale’s song manages to move even Death.

Andersen’s tale is transformed into a parable about the relationship between art and technology, which nowadays is more topical than ever. The work’s modern message, the co-existence of analog and electronic music, the irresistible melodic lines of Platonos and the masterly vocal writing render the Emperor’s nightingale an ideal way to introduce children to the magical world of lyric art.

The direction bears the stamp of Katerina Petsatodi, the animation has been designed by Eirini Vianelli, the sets by Evangelia Therianou and costumes by Alexia Theodoraki.