Greek National Opera Announces Alternate Stage Programming

By David Salazar

The Greek National Opera has announced its 2021 programming for the alternative stage.

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal and operatic performances.

It all kicks off with the monodrama “Capodistrias” by Calliope Tsoupaki. The work will be conducted by Nicolas Vassiliou and stars Timos Sirlantzis and Marilena Germanou.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-3, 2021

Next up will be “Hebrew Melodies” starring Lenia Safiropoulou, Vassilis Kavayas, and pianist Apoostolos Palios.

Streaming Dates: Oct. 12 – Dec. 31, 2021

Marc Monnet and Arno Fabre’s “Bibilolo” is an “opera without singers and a ‘ballet’ without dancers.”

Performance Date: Nov. 5-7, 2021 

“Martha, A story from Missolonghi” will be streamed via GNOTV. The work will feature Irini Derebei and Tassis Christoyannis.

Streaming Dates: Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2021

Next up will be “A Greek Songbook.” “Featuring songs, instrumental compositions, and video art works, the Songbook emphasizes musical heterogeneity, both in terms of the diverse styles of its creators and in terms of the sound of the work itself,” says the official press release for the Greek National Opera.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-7, 2021

Yannis Dionisiou and the Estudiantina of Nea Ionia will perform Mikis Theodorakis’ song cycle “Asikiko Poulaki.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 4 & 5, 2021

Closing out the fall season will be “Silence, the King of Listening” by Nikos Kypourgos. The “little musical” will star Haris Andrianos, Dimitris Nalbantis, Vassia Zacharopoulou and is set to be directed by Theo Abazis.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022