Thursday, 30 November 2023

Extra performance of Puccini’s La bohème added on 7 January 2024 after entire production run sells out


With tickets for the first seven performances of La bohème now sold out, a full ten days before the premiere, the Greek National Opera is announcing an extra date: 7 January 2024. Tickets for this additional performance go on sale Thursday, 30 November at 9.00, at the GNO Box Office and via The heart-breaking La bohème –Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece– is making its return seven years after it was last presented at the Greek National Opera, in an iconic production directed by Graham Vick – a true bohemian of the opera world who recently passed away. The production’s eight performances are to be given on 9, 12, 17, 27, 29, 31 December 2023 and 2, 7 January 2024 inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Sponsored by the PPC (Public Power Corporation). This production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach.

La bohème is based on the novella Scènes de la vie de bohème (“Scenes of Bohemian Life”) by Henry Murger, and was first presented in 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Set against the backdrop of an icy Paris at Christmastime, the plot of this opera tells of the love between the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimì, from the moment they meet to the moment of her death from consumption. With his powerfully evocative music, Puccini makes audiences run the gamut of emotions in ways sublime: joy and abandon, great love and despair.

Back in 2007, the then Artistic Director of the GNO, Stefanos Lazaridis, commissioned the renowned British director Graham Vick to stage a new production of La bohème at the Greek National Opera. This proved to be the perfect choice, since Vick was a director who knew how to be bold – how to experiment with and creatively confound the conventions and clichés traditionally associated with the opera arts. “We attempted to reveal the essence of the work so as to have something that was as universal to Athens 2007 as to any other time. Not so much as timelessness as the fact that humanity never changes; death is death, poverty is poverty, students are students,” explains Vick in his director’s note, written for the production’s premiere during the 2007/08 season.

With this year’s revival of La bohème, the Greek National Opera is paying tribute to Graham Vick –“the man saving opera in Britain,” as The Telegraph once wrote– who passed away in 2021. His highly successful take on La bohème, the action of which he chose to pluck from 19th-century Paris and place in 21st-century Athens, proved a landmark production for the Greek opera scene. Beyond this production of La bohème, Graham Vick also partnered with the GNO to stage Tannhäuser (2009) and the Cavalleria rusticana – Pagliacci double bill (2011), while his programmed 2019 staging of Don Carlo was never realised due to the health problems he faced.

Sets and costumes are by Richard Hudson, lighting by Giuseppe di Iorio, and movement by Ron Howell. Katerina Petsatodi serves as revival director.

This production is conducted by the internationally acclaimed maestro Ondrej Olos, known to Greek audiences from his previous collaborations with the GNO on the Janáček operas The Cunning Little Vixen and The Makropulos Affair, and on Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Agathangelos Georgakatos serves as chorus master, and Konstantina Pitsiakou as children’s chorus mistress.

The cast features a stellar Greek array of outstanding GNO soloists. In the role of Rodolfo is the acclaimed GNO tenor Yannis Christopoulos, while Mimì is to be played by the leading soprano Vassiliki Karayanni. The role of Musetta is to be performed by the great GNO soprano Cellia Costea, with the acclaimed baritone Dionysios Sourbis taking on the role of Marcello, and the internationally renowned GNO bass Tassos Apostolou that of Colline. Appearing with them on stage are Nikos Kotenidis, Vangelis Maniatis, Kostis Rasidakis, Thanassis Evangelou, Ioannis Kontellis, and Pavlos Sampsakis.

With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Chorus (as part of its educational mission).

Opera • Revival
La bohème
Giacomo Puccini
9, 12, 17, 27, 29, 31 December 2023 & 2, 7 January 2024
Starts at: 19.30 (Sunday at: 18.30)
Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera – SNFCC

Conductor: Ondrej Olos
Director: Graham Vick
Revival director: Katerina Petsatodi
Sets, costumes: Richard Hudson
Movement: Ron Howell
Lighting: Giuseppe di Iorio
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Children’s chorus mistress: Konstantina Pitsiakou

Rodolfo: Yannis Christopoulos
Schaunard: Nikos Kotenidis
Benoît: Vangelis Maniatis
Mimì: Vassiliki Karayanni
Marcello: Dionysios Sourbis
Colline: Tassos Apostolou
Alcindoro: Kostis Rasidakis
Musetta: Cellia Costea
Parpignol: Thanassis Evangelou
Customs sergeant: Ioannis Kontellis
Customs official: Pavlos Sampsakis

With the Greek National Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Chorus (as part of its educational mission)


Ticket prices: €15, €20, €30, €35, €42, €50, €55, €70 | Students, children: €12 | Restricted view seating: €10

Tickets for the extra 7 January performance go on sale Thursday, 30 November 2023, and will be available to buy from the GNO Box Office (+30 2130885700 | 9.00-21.00 daily) and via


La bohème made fully accessible

On 27 and 29 December 2023, La bohème is to be made fully accessible in partnership with ATLAS E.P. At select performances, places have been set aside for persons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing and use Greek Sign Language (GSL); for persons who use surtitles (CAPS) that communicate all audio information; and for persons who are blind or have low vision, who will be provided with access to audio description (AD). Guide dogs for the blind are also welcome. Audience members who would like to make use of these accessibility services are kindly asked to purchase their tickets via the GNO Box Office, by phone (+30 2100885700) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For ticket booking assistance, you may also contact ATLAS E.P. by phone (+30 6993507553) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Production sponsor
PPC (Public Power Corporation)

Lead Donor of the GNO & Production donor
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation