Dimitri Platanias, Maria José Siri, Tassis Christoyannis Headline Greek National Opera’s ‘Nabucco’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Greek National Opera will revive Italian director Leo Muscato‘s production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” from July 26 – 30, 2023 at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

The opera will star an international cast of singers, including Dimitri Platanias and Tassis Christoyannis in the title role, and Ekaterina Semenchuk and Maria José Siri alternating as Abigalie. Other cast members include Yannis Christopoulos and Konstantinos Klironomos as Ismaele, Vitalij Kowaljow and Petros Magoulas as Zaccaria, and Elena Maximova and Marissia Papalexiou as Fenena.

The performance will be conducted by Paolo Carignani.

“There is no desire to conform to historical accuracy: the aesthetic identity of the settings and costumes aims at rendering an abstract place and time, so that attention is focused on the essence… the tragedy of deported and enslaved Jews reminds us on the one hand of the Nazi concentration camps tragedy, and on the other hand, it seems a lot like the torture systems adopted at contemporary detention camps, such as those of Guantanamo,” said Muscato of his take on Verdi’s early masterpiece.

The production of “Nabucco” is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.