Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What to see or hear in Athens during summer!

Summertime! And the leaving is easy! (leaving to join the Air Force...)

Here 's a "compilation" of the performances i wouldn't like to miss during the Athens Summer Festival! I 'm only refering to opera and music performances but there are also some very interesting theatre performances, concerts with Elvis Costello, Fairuz and Laurie Anderson but also yet another visit by ms. Sylvie Guillem and mr. Bob Wilson.



Greek National Opera
Georges Bizet, Carmen
[ 1, 2, 3, 5 June ]
Direction: Steven Pimlott
Set and costume design: Alison Chitty
Choreography: Aletta Collins
Lighting: Peter Mumford

Cast
Carmen: Denyce Graves - Victoria Maifatova
Micaela: Eleni Kelessidi - Celia Costea
Frasquita: Maria Mitsopoulou
Mercédès: Irini Karayanni
Don José: Efe Kislali
Escamillo: Dimitris Tiliakos - Kyros Patsalidis
Zuniga: Dimitris Kasioumis
Moralès: Kostas Mavrogenis
Dancairo: Haris Andrianos
Music director Lukas Karytinos



A Tribute to Maria Callas - Gala
[ 1 July ]
Soloists: June Anderson - Beatrice Uria-Monzon singing parts of Bellini's Norma
With the Athens State Orchestra

Tribute Concert to Maria Kalogeropoulou
[ 9 July ]
Greek opera soloists
With the Athens State Orchestra

Les Arts Florissants Joseph Haydn, The Creation
[ 19 July ]
Soloists
Gabriel: Genia Kühmeier
Raphael: Dietrich Henschel
Uriel: Steve Davislim
Eva: Sophie Karthäuser
Adam: Markus Werba
With the chorus and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants
Conducted by William Christie



Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
[ 24 July ]
Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d' été
Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano
Georges Bizet: L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music
Conducted by Marc Minkowski




Camerata Of The Friends Of Music Megaron Resident Orchestra
[ 28 July ]
Soloist: Patrizia Ciofi soprano
Conducted by Christopher Hogwood

All the above will take place at the Odeon Of Herodes Atticus (photo below)




A Tribute to Maria Callas

Luigi Cherubini, Medea
[ 14 July ]



Direction / Set and Costume Design: Yannis Kokkos
Medea: Anna Caterina Antonacci
With the ERT Choir
Orchestra: Cappella Coloniensis, playing period instruments
Choir Master: Antonis Kontogeorgiou
Conducted by Konstantinos Karydis

Yes! The famous Yannis Kokkos production with my beloved Anna Caterina Antonacci! But the greatest thing is that this performance will take place at the Theatre of All Theatres, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, just like the Medea of 1961 with La Divina!



Press HERE to open a 360 photo of the Epidaurus on which you can navigate!

Athens, Summer 2007! You 're all invited!

1 comment:

Gloriana said...

Molis akousa ti Medea tis Antonacci. THEA!!! Den prepei na xasoyme me tipota tin premiera stin Epidavro.