Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Changes to the February-March 2013 programme

The Greek National Opera has made changes to its February-March 2013 season programme due to the cancellation of certain performances following the recent strikes called by the company’s technical staff.

The basic changes that have been made are:

  1. The eight performances of The Magic Flute, which were cancelled last December, will now take place from March 9-23.
  2. The premiere of the operetta Halima will take place a week later than initially planned, on February 15.
  3. Performances of the ballet production Journey to Eternity will commence on March 2.
  4. The New Year’s Gala, which did not take place as scheduled, will be held on February 3, with slight alterations to the original programme and roster.
  5. The concert-tribute to Manolis Kalomiris will take place on March 24.
  6. Five additional performances have been scheduled for Little Red Riding Hood, on March 19, 20, 26 and April 2 and 4.
  7. The production of the opera Werther has been pushed back to the 2013-14 season.

Specifically, the programme for February-march 2013 is as follows:

Festive Gala
Olympia Theatre
3 February 2013 / Starts: 20.00
Conductor: Zoe Tsokanou
Artistic supervisor, choreographer, lighting designer: Renato Zanella
Children’s Choir conductor: Mata Katsouli
Special appearances: Olga Esina, Eno Peci, principal dancers of the Vienna State Opera Ballet
Soloist: Dionysis Grammenos, clarinet
With the participation of the GNO’s Orchestra, Dance School, Dance Box, students of the Opera Studio and Children’s Choir, within the context of its educational programme

A celebratory concert featuring works by Strauss, Mozart, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, etc. with young artists from the Greek National Opera and guests.

Ticket prices: €20, €25, €30, €35, €45 / Children, students €15

Theofrastos Sakellaridis
Olympia Theatre
NEW PRODUCTION – Operetta Phantasmagoria in three acts
15, 16, 17, 23, 24 February 2013
5, 14, 15, 31 March 2013 / Starts: 20.00
Conductors: Yorgos Petrou, Panayiotis Papadopoulos
Director & text editing, adaptation: Petros Zoulias
Sets-Costumes: Anastasia Arseni
Lighting: Katerina Marangoudaki
Choir conductor: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Movement coach: Fotis Diamantopoulos
With the participation of the GNO Orchestra, Choir, Ballet members and soloists

The Greek National Opera is proud to present the debut of Theofrastos Sakellaridis’ operetta phantasmagoria Halima, which blends the exotic melodies of the East with the cosmopolitan sounds of the fox-trot and the tango.

Ticket prices: €15, €25, €30, €40 / Children, students: €15
On Friday, 15 February 2013, all tickets are available at a 15% discount as part of the GNO’s special pricing policy

Journey to Eternity
Renato Zanella / Eleni Karindrou / Heitor Villa-Lobos
Olympia Theatre
2, 3, 6, 16, 17, 20 March 2013 / Starts: 20.00
Conductor: TBA, Tasos Symeonidis
Choreographer: Renato Zanella
Sets-costumes: Katerina Angelopoulou

With the participation of the GNO’s Orchestra, principal dancers, soloists, coryphées and corps de ballet.

A new production by the GNO Ballet, Journey to Eternity is dedicated to two outstanding composers: Greece’s Eleni Karaindrou and Brazil’s Heitor Villa-Lobos. Renato Zanella has choreographed emblematic pieces composed by Karaindrou for the films of Theo Angelopoulos and the magnificent Bachianas Brasileiras suites Nos. 4, 5 and 9 by Villa-Lobos.

Ticket prices: €20, €25, €30, €40, €45, €50 / Children, students €15
On Wednesday, 6 March 2013, all tickets are available at a 15% discount as part of the GNO’s special pricing policy

The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Olympia Theatre
9, 10, 13, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 March 2013 / Starts: 20.00
Conductors: Ilias Voudouris, Miltos Logiadis
Director: Arnaud Bernard
Staging revival: Ion Kesoulis
Sets-costumes: Bruno Schwengel
Lighting: Nikos Ergazakis
Choir conductor: Agathangelos Georgakatos
With the participation of the GNO’s Orchestra, Choir and soloists

One of the most popular operas of the repertory, Mozart’s Magic Flute is back at the GNO. It is one of the composer’s landmark works, appealing to a broad audience. Children can delight in its characters and story-line, while adults revel in the wonderful music and the rich symbolism of the piece.

Ticket prices: €20, €30, €40, €50, €60, €70, €80 / Children, students €15
On Thursday, 28 March 2013, all tickets are available at a 15% discount as part of the GNO’s special pricing policy

Tribute to Manolis Kalomiris
24 March 2013 / Starts: 20.00
Olympia Theatre
Conductor: Giorgos Vranos
With the participation of the GNO’s Orchestra and soloists

Within the context of celebrations for The Year of Manolis Kalomiris, commemorating the 50th anniversary since the death of the acclaimed Greek composer, the Greek National Opera pays homage to the founder of the Greek National Music School by presenting a concert of his operatic oeuvre.
Ticket prices: €20, €25, €30, €35, €45 / Children, students €15

Little Red Riding Hood
Seymour Barab
Olympia Theatre
NEW PRODUCTION – Opera for adults and children
3, 10, 16, 17, 19, 24 February 2013
3, 10, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 March 2013 / Starts: 11.00
Conductors: Giorgos Aravidis, Nikos Vasileiou, Jean-Christophe Charron
Director: Dimitris Karantzas
Translation & adaptation of the libretto: Nicoletta Hadzopoulou
Sets: Eleni Manolopoulou
Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Lighting: Alekos Anastasiou
Movement coach: Zoe Hadziantoniou
With the participation of the GNO’s Orchestra, Children’s Choir and soloists

Seymour Barab’s opera turns the classic fairy-tale on its head, to the delight on young and old alike. The famous fairy-tale penned by Charles Perrault, presented with a few new plot twists, is being presented in the form of an opera for children for the first time in Greece. Here, it is not the wolf that frightens Little Red Hood, but the sassy little girl who takes away his power by talking to him of cakes and sweets, bringing on a serious case of indigestion.

Ticket prices: €10, €15, €20, €25
For performances on Saturdays, all tickets are available at a 20% discount as part of the GNO’s special pricing policy