Sonya Yoncheva, Dmitri Platanias Headline Greek National Opera’s Fall 2021 Season

By David Salazar

The Greek National Opera has announced the fall portion of its 2021-22 season, which will also be a return to in-person performances at the Stavros Niarchos Hall.

The season’s major theme will be a celebration of the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.

The season kicks off with Pavlos Carrer’s 1969 opera “Frossini” which tells the story of a Greek socialite whose execution for adultery led to major outrage and resentment toward the Ottoman Governor. The opera will star Dionysios Soubis, Yannis Christopoulos, Vassiliki Karayanni, Tassos Apostolou, Julia Souglakou, and Haris Andrianos. Elias Voudouris conducts.

Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2021

Next up is a double bill of opera and dance including Pavlos Carrer’s 1882 opera “Despo” and Nikos Skalkotta’s 1936 “Greek Dances.” The opera will star Artemis Bogri, Dimitris Paksoglou, Yannis Selitsaniotis, Diamanti Kritsotaki, conducted by Yorogs Ziavras.

Performance Date: Oct. 16-24, 2021

Next up is Mikis Theodorakis’ oratorio “Axios Esti.” The work will star Dimitri Platanias and George Dalaras with Stathis Soulis conducting.

Performance Date: Oct. 29 & 31, 2021

Superstar soprano Sonya Yoncheva will make her company debut in recital. The recital is part of the celebration for the “Together for Children” non-profit organization, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2021

George Dousis and Eugene Trivizas’ “The Magic Pillows” will be performed with Nicolas Maraziotis, Nikos Kotenidis, Dionysis Melogiannidis, Vangelis Maniatis, George Mattheakakis, Kostis Rasidakis, and Yannis Kavouras as the vocal soloists. Nicolas Vassiliou conducts and Natasha Triantafylli directs.

Performance Date: Nov. 14-Dec. 19, 2021

The Murderess” by Giorgios Koumendakis and librettist Yannis Svolos will close out the season. The opera was commissioned by GNO and premiered back in 2014 and tells the story of an older woman from the lower classes who spent her life relegated to the role of a servant until she began committing “mercy killings” of young girls in order to save them from a similar fate. The opera will star  Anna Stylianaki, Tassos Apostolou, Vangelis Maniatis, Sophia Kyanidou, Yannis Christopoulos, Yanni Yannissis, Yannis Kalyvas, and others.

Performance Date: Dec. 3-30, 2021


The company will also be streaming several works starting with “Le Nozze di Figaro” starring Dmitri Platanias, Cellia Costea, Afroditi Patoulidou, and Dionysios Sourbis, among others.

Streaming Dates: Oct. 25 – Dec. 31, 2021

The company will also stream “A Shepherdess I Loved,” which features music by Yannis Skourletis and is inspired by the work of composer Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducourdray after his voyage to Greece in 1875. The performance will star Polydoros Vogiatzis, Kalliopi Tzanidaki, and such vocal artists as  Cellia Costea (soprano), Theodora Baka (mezzo-soprano), Lazaros Negas (singer), and Yorgos Stavrou (chanter).

Streaming Dates: Nov. 16 – Dec. 31, 2021

Finally, the company will present the 6th Greek National Opera Online Festival for the whole family with a spotlight on “The Bear and the Baritone on Other planets.”

Streaming Dates: Dec. 23, 2021 – July 2022