Stavros Niarchos Hall

Opera - Jules Massenet

March & April 2023
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Jacques Lacombe

Director, lighting
Spyros Evangelatos

Revival director
Ion Kessoulis

Sets, costumes
Giorgos Patsas

Set and costume design revival
Tota Pritsa


Children’s chorus mistress
Konstantina Pitsiakou

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Francesco Demuro

Nikos Kotenidis

Yanni Yannissis

Nicolas Maraziotis

Marinos Tarnanas


Anita Rachvelishvili

Chrissa Maliamani




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




Ticket prices: €15, €20, €35, €40, €50, €55, €65, €90
Students, children: €15
Limited visibility seats: €10

Stavros Niarchos Hall



Jules Massenet

Available Dates

  • 23, 26, 28, 31 Mar 2023
  • 02, 04 Apr 2023

Opera • Revival

Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera – SNFCC


Starts at: 19.30 (Sunday at: 18.30) | clock

Production sponsor



The sensational Werther by Jules Massenet –one of the most popular operas in the French repertoire– is returning to the Greek National Opera, conducted by Jacques Lacombe and directed by Spyros Evangelatos. This production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach.

This production of Werther, first presented in 2014 at the Olympia Theatre, was the last opera to be directed by Spyros Evangelatos, a legendary figure in Greece’s theatre and opera scenes, and boasts sets and costumes by Giorgos Patsas. Spyros Evangelatos served as the GNO’s Artistic Director and Chair of the Board for many years and, alongside his extensive work in the theatre, directed a series of famous operas by Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Mozart, Britten, and others to great success.

This opera, written around a century after the epistolary novel by Goethe upon which it is based, tells the story of a doomed love affair between the young Werther and Charlotte. Once Werther realises there is no hope for their love, he takes his own life. Charlotte, who has realised the urgency of the situation, rushes to be by his side, reaching him a little before he breathes his last.

Just like Goethe’s Faust (which in opera form became best known in the version by Gounod), so too did Werther win over the opera world, set to music by Jules Massenet, the great French composer. Massenet’s opera –which skilfully captures both the poetic nature of the idealistic Werther and the prisoner to social convention that was Charlotte– enjoyed huge success in its own day; translated into numerous languages, the work would go on to influence everything from the mores to the fashions of its time. This operatic Werther follows the beat of its own drum, departing from the original text in crucial ways. While it retains the theme of challenging social hierarchies and received convention, it dispenses in large part with the work’s philosophical musings. The fate of Goethe’s hero inspired the French composer to pen a score of immense lyricism and remarkable sensitivity that does not lack for powerful dramatic outbursts.

This GNO production of Werther shall see the highly anticipated debut of leading mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the role of Charlotte. Performing the title role is Francesco Demuro, who thrilled audiences in the GNO’s recent production of Rigoletto at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.