The Lovely Month of May
The Lovely Month of May
23 May 2020
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Piano Sophia Tamvakopoulou

1st GNO Online Festival

The Lovely Month of May

Available Dates

  • 23 May 2020

Starts at: 20.00 [GMT+3]| clock  

The video will remain available online until 23/6



Cellia Costea recital

Works by Schumann, Spathis, Poulenc, Massenet, Μascagni

The world-class renowned soprano of the Greek National Opera, Cellia Costea, presents a spring recital with famous arias and songs from her repertoire, accompanied on the piano by Sophia Tamvakopoulou. Starting with Schumann’s song “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai” (The Lovely Month of May) and Theodoros Spathis’ “De m’agapas” (You Don’t Love Me), the programme also includes Francis Poulenc’s “Les Chemins de l’Amour” (The Paths of Love), Massenet’s nostalgic “Élégie” (Elegy) as well as the aria “Son pochi fiori” (Just A Few Flowers) from Pietro Mascagni’s charming opera L'amico Fritz (Friend Fritz).

Video duration: 16 minutes




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1st Greek National Opera Online Festival


17 May – 30 June 2020, GNO’s Facebook page, GNO YouTube channel

#GNOonlinefestival #exitspring

The Greek National Opera opens a new cycle of artistic programming. The first Online Festival titled EXIT: SPRING and curated by Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis spreads its wings into the digital world and invites us to a new viewing and listening experience. From 17th May to 30th June 2020, eleven new music, opera, operetta and music theatre video-performances created during the pandemic, as well as one recorded dance performance, come for free to our homes via, GNO’s Facebook page and GNO YouTube channel. All Festival video-performances revolve around the themes of the anticipation of spring, the rebirth of nature and the coming of the new. The Festival is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

 Responding to the challenges of the time, the Greek National Opera develops new means of creation and presentation of its work beyond the ordinary. While experiencing a new reality, whose end none of us can predict, we turn the forced absence from our standard artistic activity to a new creativity beyond norms and limitations. The first Online Festival EXIT: SPRING aims at offering friends of the GNO in Greece and across the world, a “digital” exit to this year’s lost spring, through music, dance and lyric art video-performances.


The Greek National Opera would like to thank all the artists and artistic bodies, who granted their rights for free, in order to make sure that the broadcast of these video-performances of the festival will be free to the public, in this difficult time.