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Orchestration for a four-member instrumental ensemble Michalis Paraskakis
GNO Alternative Stage Production
Starts at: 20.30 |
All events are free to the public and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Spectators may only need to pay an entrance fee to the sites, where required.
Advance booking necessary.
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Live “radio” operettas
The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Theophrastus Sakellaridis, a creator who has left a deep imprinton the domestic musico-theatrical life, despite the fact that the creative field in which he excelled was light music theatre. The Greek National Opera honours the frontrunner of Greek operetta, this difficult summer, by presenting two of his most important works as live “radio” performances. Music theatre is, besides, the par excellence theatre of sound. Keeping the distances and giving greater room to imagination, Sakellaridis’ two works will be presented alternately at six archaeological sites, filling this leap year’s summer nightswith their spark, humour and wonderful music.
Halima, a spectacular operetta in three acts, as described by its creator, was a huge success when it was first presented at the end of the 20s but also during the 30s at Athenian theatres, and on tours in Greece and in Greek expatriate communities abroad. The story according to Spyros Potamianos’ libretto, slightly inspired by One thousand and one nights, unfolds in a palace in the East, where a sly cook named Ali-Mousakas is being used as an instrument inenchanting Halima and captive prince Sach-Rouman’s love plans.
Halima was given its premiere by the Olympia Kantioti-Ritsiardi company at the Mondial Theatre on 31 August 1926.The leading role was performed by Kantioti-Ritsiardi herself, SachRouman by Spyros Bartzos and Ali Mousaka by ParaskevasEconomou. The production was directed by KostisVelmyras and the orchestra was conducted by the composer himself. Halima was retrieved from the Greek National Opera Music Archive and was first revived in 2013 at the GNO.
All of Greece, One culture
Greek National Opera presents a series of events at archaeological sites all over Greece
This summer the Greek National Opera presents a series of events at archaeological sites all over Greece. In response to the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports to make use of the archaeological sites across the country during this difficult summer, the Greek National Opera participates in the new institution All of Greece, One culture with a series of events highlighting its multifaceted artistic mark, curated by Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis.
From 18 July to 15 September, 20 different music, opera, operetta and dance programmes and tributes will visit 70 archaeological sites, in a total of 111 performances. Under the unprecedented conditions we are all facing, the events will mark the return to the relationship between the artists and the audience, and will be held in compliance with the instructions and guidelines of the competent authorities.
In these 20 programmes proposed by the GNO and organized in 6 cycles, emphasis is given on the Greek music creation, from traditional songs to sophisticated music, including selections from opera and classical music that remain staples in the GNO repertory, while dance is also present through the participation of members of the GNO Ballet.