7 Deaths of Maria Callas 7 Deaths of Maria Callas
Stavros Niarchos Hall
7 Deaths of Maria Callas
SEASON 2021/22 - Marina Abramović
September 2021
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Music by Marko Nikodijević and scenes from operas of Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi

Director & set designer
Marina Abramović

Lynsey Peisinger

Yoel Gamzou (24, 25, 26/9)
Stathis Soulis (28, 29/9)

Petter Skavlan, Marina Abramović 

Nabil Elderkin

Visual effects
Marco Brambilla

Sound design
Luca Kozlovacki

Riccardo Tisci

Set design collaboration
Anna Schöttl

Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum

Benedikt Stampfli



Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Marina Abramović

Willem Dafoe

Violetta Valery
Marilena Striftobola

Floria Tosca
Eleni Calenos

Elena Kelesidi

Anna Stylianaki

Chrysanthi Spitadi

Lucia Ashton
Vassiliki Karayanni

Cellia Costea

With the Orchestra and Chorus of the GNO



Ticket prices: 15, 20, 35, 40, 55, 65, 70, 100€

Students, children: 12€

Restricted view seats: 10€


Tickets go on sale on 27 July 2021 at 12.00

Book your tickets at ticketservices.gr/en/, the GNO Box Office at the SNFCC (+30 2130885700, daily 09.00-21.00. The Box Office will be closed from 9/8/2021 to 15/8/2021) and Public stores.


In line with the restrictive measures for the protection of public health against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is noted that according to the instructions of the Greek State, GNO’s venues at the SNFCC will operate at a 85% capacity and only for persons who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 (audience members need to present a respective valid certificate). Children up to 11 years old must provide a negative self-test result declaration, provided that the test has been taken within the last 24h. Children from 12 to 17 years of age need to present a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.

The Greek National Opera does not collect or process any personal data during the certificate verification process.

– All measures to prevent overcrowding when entering and exiting the venue will apply, there will be no interval, and mask-wearing is mandatory upon entering and exiting the venue and throughout the duration of the performance.

– You can find more detailed information at https://www.nationalopera.gr/en/tickets

Stavros Niarchos Hall

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

Marina Abramović
Performance • New production

Music and Visual Arts Cycle

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at 19.30 (Sunday 18.30) |  clock


The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.


The Greek National Opera returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall at the SNFCC to present a great international co-production on 24, 25, 26, 28 and 29 September 2021: the new ambitious operatic project of the priestess of performance art Marina Abramović for the absolute diva Maria Callas titled 7 Deaths of Maria Callas. It is a co-production of the Greek National Opera, the Bavarian State Opera (Munich), the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opéra national de Paris and the Teatro di San Carlo (Naples). The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

“Vissi d’arte” – a life devoted to art. Shortly before the renowned singer Floria Tosca thrusts her knife into the chest of cynical Scarpia, she sings out her life in wistful retrospect. Although the aria marks the calm before the storm, the death of her adversary, this turning point in Giacomo Puccini’s opera, also marks Tosca’s fate. Maria Callas, the absolute prima donna of the 20th century, sang this aria many times. As Callas’ stirring life story has always fascinated Marina Abramović, the great visual artist and performer decided to develop the operatic project 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, in which seven deaths are re-enacted in an exemplary fashion on stage, based on the musical and scenic highlights that marked the respective operas – all of them arias that were immensely important to Maria Callas.

In seven short films and together with Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramović will die seven times. At the end of the performance, presenting the real death of Maria Callas in Paris in 1977, she will be on the stage performing as herself. As she notes: “For over 25 years I wanted to create a work about the life and art of Maria Callas. I’ve always been enchanted by her personality, her life and even her death. Like many of the opera heroines she portrayed on stage, she also died of love. She died of a broken heart”.

Apart from the widely-known arias of Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Puccini, and Verdi, composer Marko Nikodijević creates original music, through which he illustrates how Callas’ unconditional love for her art never allowed for a split between the person she was on and off stage. The production is conducted by Yoel Gamzou and directed by Marina Abramović together with Lynsey Peisinger, while the set and costumes bear the stamp of Riccardo Tisci. Willem Dafoe is featured in the videos, and the stage is taken by Marina Abramović and GNO soloists Eleni Calenos, Cellia Costea, Vassiliki Karayanni, Elena Kelesidi, Chrysanthi Spitadi, Marilena Striftobola, Anna Stylianaki. With the Orchestra and Chorus of the Greek National Opera.