The emperor's nightingale
Stavros Niarchos Hall
The emperor's nightingale
Children's performances - Lena Platonos
October 2019 - January 2020
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Music
Lena Platonos

Orchestration
Lena Platonos - Stergios Tsirliagos

Libretto
Giorgos Voloudakis

Director
Katerina Petsatodi

Animation
Eirini Vianelli

Sets
Evangelia Therianou

Costumes
Alexia Theodoraki

Sound design
Stergios Tsirliagos

 

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Emperor
Nikos Kotenidis

Courtier / Death
George Roupas

Nightingale
Marilena Striftobola

Fisherman / Chamberlain / Technician
Yannis Filias

Nightingale's friend / Technician
Niki Hatziraki

Violinist / Conductor
Dimitris Nalbantis

Narrator
Maria Skoula

 

Ticket prices: Weekdays: 12 euros
Sundays: 15, 20 euros
Children, students: 12 euros
Limited visibility seats: 5 euros

Stavros Niarchos Hall
Children's performances

The emperor's nightingale

Lena Platonos
Opera for children and youth

Available Dates

  • 20, 23 Oct 2019
  • 03, 19, 20 Nov 2019
  • 11, 12 Dec 2019
  • 22, 23, 26 Jan 2020

Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at: 11.00 |   

 

Production sponsors
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In collaboration with the Animasyros International Animation Festival + Agora

After having impressed children and adults at the Alternative Stage, Lena Platonos’ musical fairy tale The emperor’s nightingale will be presented during the 2019/20 season on the big stage of the Stavros Niarchos Hall. It is an impressive production in which opera engages in a dialogue with animation.

Lena Platonos wrote The emperor’s nightingale, a “musical fairy tale with operatic features and neo-impressionistic music”, as she herself has described it, in 1989, to a libretto by Giorgos Voloudakis, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the same title. 

In one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, the emperor of China is moved by the singing of a nightingale with an enchanting voice. When the emperor receives as a gift an electronic nightingale that monotonously sings the same song, the real nightingale leaves the palace. Many years later, when the emperor is very sick and the electronic nightingale no longer works, the real nightingale’s song manages to move even Death.

Andersen’s tale is transformed into a parable about the relationship between art and technology, which nowadays is more topical than ever. The work’s modern message, the co-existence of analog and electronic music, the irresistible melodic lines of Platonos and the masterly vocal writing render the Emperor’s nightingale an ideal way to introduce children to the magical world of lyric art.

The direction bears the stamp of Katerina Petsatodi, the animation has been designed by Eirini Vianelli, the sets by Evangelia Therianou and costumes by Alexia Theodoraki.