Monday, 27 March 2023

Anita Rachvelishvili at the Roman Agora A singular recital given by the great mezzo-soprano is streaming on GNO TV from 28 March to 31 December 2023


On the occasion of Anita Rachvelishvili’s return to Greece, to make her highly anticipated debut in the role of Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther (until 4/4 inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall), the Greek National Opera is streaming a singular recital given by the greatest mezzo-soprano of our times at the Roman Agora in Athens in July 2020 – made available on GNO TV for the first time. The recital will be available to stream on from 28 March through until 31 December 2023.

Werther production ticket holders can screen this recital for free on GNO TV. Others can purchase a GNO TV ticket for 5 euros.

GNO TV is a new strand of Greek National Opera’s programming, made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

On 18 July 2020, at the spellbinding archaeological site of the Roman Agora set directly under the Athenian Acropolis, the Greek National Opera presented a recital given by the great mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, conducted by Lukas Karytinos and with the participation of the GNO Orchestra. The recital served as the grand opening night of “All of Greece, One Culture” – a Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports initiative.

As part of the close partnership she has forged with the Greek National Opera, Anita Rachvelishvili was delighted to accept the invitation extended to her by the Artistic Director of the GNO, Giorgos Koumendakis, to appear in the recital, and to waive her fee. The Orchestra of the Greek National Opera was conducted by Lukas Karytinos, who also waived his fee, and the concert programme included popular arias drawn from operas by Verdi, Cilea, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet. With her imposing and powerful stage presence, her astounding vocal qualities and fullness, and her exceptionally carefully considered role choices, Anita Rachvelishvili launched her career in Georgia and –in less than a decade– took the world’s most major opera houses and festivals by storm, drawing rave reviews from the international media and a rapturous reception from opera audiences across the globe.


Anita Rachvelishvili at the Roman Agora
Coming to GNO TV from 28 March – available until 31 December 2023

Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
With the Orchestra of the Greek National Opera


GNO audiences who have bought or go on to buy tickets for our production of Werther will receive an email containing an access code allowing them to screen the recital for free on GNO TV.

Tickets –costing 5 euros– for the GNO TV online screening of Anita Rachvelishvili at the Roman Agora are on sale now via & at the GNO Box Office (+30 2130885700, 9.00-21.00 daily).

 With their ticket (or free access code), audiences will be able to:

  • enjoy this production in the comfort of their own homes via gr/GNOTV –on their computers, tablets, television screens, or even their phones– whenever they like;
  • watch this production as many times as they like for 30 days, starting from their first stream; and
  • access the production’s programme book online.


Lead Donor of the GNO & Founding Donor of GNO TV

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)