How Did A Raven End Up in the Belly of the Whale?
Stavros Niarchos Hall
How Did A Raven End Up in the Belly of the Whale?
May 2021
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Adaptation – Coordination manager – Music direction
Dimitra Trypani

Video / animation
Giorgos Nikopoulos

Musical fairy tale composition
Ismini Beck

Folk songs editing
Dimitra Trypani

Body & vocal percussion training – Percussion
Antonis Vasiliadis

Stage performance
Nikos Ziaziaris

Vocal and chorus training
Sofia Ketetzian

Ensemble conducting techniques – Répétiteur
Aliki Siousti

With the participation of a musical ensemble and a polyphonic ensemble of soloists

Produced by GNO Learning & Participation 




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How Did A Raven End Up in the Belly of the Whale?

A musical fairy tale with the participation of teachers and students from eight schools in the Region of Attica

Available Dates

  • 28 May 2021

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

 Starts at 19.00 |  clock


I am walking slowly, carefully.

Underneath my feet everything is slippery.

In a while, I reach the whale’s belly.

I hear the whale’s mouth closing behind me and I feel the darkness spreading all around.

It was then when I first saw her…


The Greek National Opera’s Learning & Participation department present the musical fairy tale How Did A Raven End Up in the Belly of the Whale?. It is the artistic result of the educational programme of the same title that was conducted this year in collaboration with eight Primary Schools in the Attica Region. The programme, through the use of modern and innovative tools, brought ten educators and dozens of students in contact with the fascinating world of music theatre, as it is nowadays served by the Greek National Opera.

The musical performance How Did A Raven End Up in the Belly of the Whale? is based on a traditional myth of the Inuit tribe (the Eskimo people of Alaska, Greenland and Canada). The myth speaks of how the first song and the first dance came into being. The performance, which lasts about 50-55 minutes, consists of a musical framework-work by Ismini Beck. Its text is based on the fairy tale The Raven and the Whale from Dimitris V. Prousalis’ book Fairy Tales of the Underworld. The performance’s artistic curation and music direction is by Dimitra Trypani.


 Lead Donor of the GNO Learning & Participation Stavros Niarchos Foundation


Production sponsor