Hellenic American Opera Company Celebrates Bicentennial of Greek Independence with ‘Markos Botsaris’ Concert

By Logan Martell

On March 27, 2021, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will present a concert from the Hellenic American Opera Company, held at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City.

The program will feature excerpts from Pavlos Carrer’s 1861 opera “Markos Botsaris,” which adapts the life of the Greek general and hero who played an enormous role during the Greek War of Independence. The work is one of the nation’s most beloved operas and has seen numerous productions through the 19th and 20th centuries. The concert itself comes in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence from Ottoman rule, which was observed on March 25.

The roster of artists include soprano Nikoleta Rallis as Sophia, mezzo Elisabeth Shoup as Chrisi, baritone Costas Tsouraki as Germanos/Mustafas, and tenor Demetrios Jussi Tsinopolos in the title role. They will be accompanied by pianist Jesse Pieper.

Tickets for the concert start at $30, with all COVID regulations being followed in the cathedral. The event will be filmed, and will be available for streaming at a later date.