Stavros Niarchos Hall

Ballet - Johan Inger / Rodion Shchedrin – Georges Bizet, Marc Álvarez

February, July 2024
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Choreography: Johan Inger
Music: Rodion Shchedrin – Georges Bizet
Musical composition: Marc Álvarez
New orchestration of Bizet’s original music: Álvaro Domínguez Vázquez
Dramaturg: Gregor Acuña-Pohl

Conductor: Ektoras Tartanis (12 & 14/07/24), Konstantinos Terzakis (11/07/24)
Sets: Curt Allen Wilmer and Leticia Gañán (AAPEE) with studio deDos
Costumes: David Delfín
Costume revival: Maria Luisa Ramos Corrales
Lighting: Tom Visser



Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Elena Kekkou / Eleftheria Stamou 

Don José
Danilo Zeka / Vangelis Bikos

Yannis Mitrakis

Yannis Gantsios

Alicia Townsend

Erez: Stelios Katopodis
Αntonio: Kaito Takahashi
Mattia: Daniele Pecorari
Jacobo: Yorgos Hatzopoulos

Αleix: Stefano Pietragalla
Toby: Manex Alberdi

Allie: Christina Makridou / Anna Frangou
Aida: Marta Rivero de Miranda
Mar: Areti Noti
Sara : Zoi Schoinoplokaki
Μanuela: Marita Nikolitsa
Kayoko: Magda Koukou-Ferra
Agnes : Ariadni Filippaki

Daniele Pecorari
Yorgos Hatzopoulos


With the Orchestra of the Greek National Opera




Ticket prices: €15, €20, €30, €35, €42, €50, €55, €70
Students, children: €12
Limited visibility seats: €10




Stavros Niarchos Hall



Johan Inger / Rodion Shchedrin – Georges Bizet, Marc Álvarez

Available Dates

  • 07, 10, 14, 15, 18, 25 Feb 2024
  • 11, 12, 14 Jul 2024

Ballet • New production

Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera – SNFCC

Starts at 21.00 (July) | clock



Lead Donor of the GNO & Production donor


Production sponsor

 Eurobank Logo in white new


After six sold-out performances and receiving rave reviews from the audience, the Greek National Opera is pleased to announce the addition of three extra performances for the production of Carmen to its schedule. The successful ballet production, choreographed by Johan Inger, conducted by Ektoras Tartanis and Konstantinos Terzakis, and performed by the Ballet of the Greek National Opera, will return to the Stavros Niarchos Hall, on 11, 12 and 14 July 2024. The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Johan Inger created a new fascinating choreography for Bizet’s heroine –considered a symbol of love and freedom– and his prime concern was to offer up a new take on this famous story.  In an effort to inspire audiences to see the action through a filter of innocence, Inger presents the story through the eyes of a child.

The choreographer notes: “My Carmen is not only based on the female protagonist of the story; like Mérimée’s original, my ballet also focuses on Don José’s love sickness – on a man who, unable to accept the freedom of his beloved, sets forth on a path down to hell, driven by his primal instincts: passion and revenge. There is an element of mystery in this character: it could be a child, it could be Don José. It could even be us, with our primeval goodness lacerated by the experience of violence which, though short-lived, may have negatively influenced our lives and our ability to relate to others forever.”

Carmen was first presented by the Spanish National Dance Company (Compañía Nacional de Danza) where it was met with resounding success.  An evidence of its global appeal is that it has already been successfully presented in Monte Carlo, while it is about to make its way to Sydney to be performed by Australia’s National Ballet, and then to London by the English National Ballet.

Born in Stockholm in 1967, the Swede Johan Inger joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 1990 and was a high-profile dancer of the company until 2002. His debut as choreographer (1995), also for Nederlands Dans Theater, quickly became promising with immediate recognition. Johan left Nederlands Dans Theater to take on the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 2003 where he created numerous works. Since 2008, Johan works as freelance choreographer and creates for many companies around the globe such as GöteborgsOperan, Ballet Basel, Swedish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Aterballetto, Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and of course Nederlands Dans Theater, holding the position as Associate Choreographer from 2009 to 2016.  He has been honoured with several awards, including the Lucas Hoving Production and the Danza & Danza awards, as well as the Benois de la Danse Prize. In 2022, Johan Inger also became artistic director of Take Off Dance, a training program for pre-professional dancers between the ages of 18 and 24 based in Sevilla.

In this choreography by Inger, the ballet version of the Carmen story by Rodion Shchedrin – Georges Bizet, in a new orchestration by Álvaro Domínguez Vázquez, enters into dialogue with original music written by Marc Álvarez. The production features dramaturgy by Gregor Acuña-Pohl, sets by Curt Allen Wilmer and Leticia Gañán (AAPEE) with studio deDos, costumes by David Delfín (revived by Maria Luisa Ramos Corrales), and lighting by Tom Visser.

With the Principal Dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and the Corps de ballet of the Greek National Opera.



Image Gallery