Thursday, May 8, 2008

Greek National Opera, season 2008-9 announced

The 2008-9 season of the Greek National Opera has been announced earlier today.


Tannhäuser at the SF Opera


What stands out among the productions is definitely the Tannhäuser that the Athens Megaron is gonna host in January 2009. It´s the famous San Francisco Opera production by Graham Vick that received excellent reviews a few months ago.

Watch a short clip from the SF Opera performances at the SF Opera website.

Next on my list would be the productions of Rusalka and I Puritani.
This is gonna be the first Rusalka ever in Greece and it's gonna be a co-production of the Greek National Opera and the Opéra de Nice (Mata Katsuli and Marita Paparizou are confirmed).

Mariola Cantarero

Regarding the Puritani (the first time ever that Bellini's masterpiece was presented in Greece was just a couple of years ago in Thessaloniki with Elena Mosuc as an impressive Elvira), it will be a co-production of the Greek National Opera and the Nederlandse Opera. At the Nederlandse Opera the premiere will take place on February the 4th 2009 and will have a run of 9 performances till March and it will be presented in Athens by the end of April 2009. What we know by now is that the stage director will be Francisco Negrin, the conductor will be Giuliano Carella (who was also the conductor at the Thessaloniki Puritani/February 2006), sets by Es Devlin, costumes by Louis Désirée and for the performances of De Nederlandse Opera, the cast is headed by Mariola Cantarero, Eric Cutler and Riccardo Zanellato.

In a co-production with the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, the world premiere of the opera "Cyrano & Roxane" by Stavros Xarhakos will be celebrated in Athens in April 2009.

Other operas that have been announced: A new production of Rigoletto (with Dimitris Platanias, a baritone we like a lot), the reprise of last year's Boheme in the Graham Vick production, Alexander von Zemlinsky's Eine florentinische Tragödie, in a new production together with last year's Gianni Schicchi, a new production of Franz Von Suppé's Die schöne Galathee, a co-production of Astor Piazzolla's beautiful work "María de Buenos Aires" together with the Teatro Nacional Cervantes of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

María de Buenos Aires

Finally, Donizetti´s Rita (March 2009) on double bill with I Pagliacci (???) and Anna Bolena (October 2008) are gonna be presented semi-staged. The Bolena won't stand many chances as the Cast includes veteran singers and some quite bad indeed (Aggelopoulou and Beris) while Jenny Drivala will sing Anna and Dimitri Kavrakos will sing Henry...

Last but not least, our own private mega-spectacle Arena, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is gonna host in June 2009, a new production of AIDA in collaboration with the Arena di Verona.

ps. 3 Recitals have also been announced for the 2008-9 Season: Elena Mosuc, Dimitra Theodossiou and Cristina Gallardo Domás.



15 comments:

mahler76 said...

Το πρόγραμμα δείχνει ενδιαφέρον. Λές να ξαναρχίσω την Λυρική???? Καλά για Tannhäuser δεν το συζητώ I am there.

ATabor said...

WOW!!! Endiaferonta genika... An k ta perissotera se synergasia... Krima pou de tha eimai edo.

Parsifal said...

Nai, endiaferonta ola pragmatika, as elpisoume oti tha doume wraia cast (eidika ston Tannhauser opou opoiosdhpote ellhnas tha htan ikanos na ferei thn katastrofi....)

Anonymous said...

Μα γιατί το λες αυτό; Να το καστ για τανχόιζερ: Τανχόιζερ, Σταμάτης Μπερής, Ελισάβετ, Τζένη Δριβάλα, Αφροδίτη, Μαρία Μαρκέτου, Βόλφραμ, Ανδρέας Κουλουμπής.

Parsifal said...

Μου ακουγεται υπέροχο. Πεθαίνω να δω τη Μαρκέτου Αφροδίτη (γυμνη)...δε μου φτανει που την ειχα δει στον Grand Macabre του Ligeti ελαφρώς ενδεδυμένη. Πάντως ήδη γνωρίζω ποιά θα είναι Αίντα και Ελισάβετ στον Τανχώυζερ και συμφωνώ με την επιλογή...θα δείξει.

NHB said...

My Greek is shakey, at best but it looks a great season.

Eric Cutler seems to be Arturoing all over the place. What's his singing like, I have never heard him?

N.

Saariaho said...

Wraia fainetai i new season, an kai pio katallili gi aftous pou xeroun ligo apo opera...se kamia periptwsi piasariki vevaia, kai mallon misoadeia tha ti vlepoume ti liriki(opws kai to megaro otan kanei tetoies parastaseis)...oxi oti einai kako afto vevaia...

Parsifal said...

@ NHB, Eric Cutler is Arturoing a lot indeed but i must say that his Met performances were not my cup of tea...

@ Saariaho, Nomizw oti exei k ta blockbusters (typou Boheme, Rigoletto, massive Aida) alla k auta pou diakaws theloume na doume tosa xronia (Rusalka, Puritani etc). Eipame...an de dw ta cast lists de lew tipote akomh...

Parsifal said...

PS. NO BAROQUE??? It's a pity to have someone like Petrou and Mary-Ellen Nesi in Greece and not take advantage of them......

Anonymous said...

Ontws poly endiaferon programma. To poso sas zhleyw poy 8a deite poyritanoys de legetai! Oso gia Tannhäuser, de mporw na pw, eyxaristh ekplh3h :) . Apla eimai periergos na dw pws 8a kataferoyn na mykrnoyn to skhniko gia to xwresoyn sth skhnh toy "Olympia". Kai thn plath ths Afrodiths 8a deite (gymnh), kai fwties epi skhnhs. 8a'xei fash :) . An 8elete na sas "steiloyme" kamia allh paragwgh, peite mas ;)

ernani said...

Previous comment by me. Sorry :)

Parsifal said...

Dear Ernanie, kai O Tannhauser alla kai oi Puritanoi tha ginoun sto Megaro!!!

Rena Fan said...

Να τολμήσω να ρίξω λίγο το επίπεδο και να πάω στο πιο "ελαφρά"; Τι θα γίνει πάλι με την οπερέττα στο "Ακροπόλ"; Πάλι "Απάχηδες"; ανέβηκαν 3 φορές μέσα σε 5 χρόνια (και όχι με τα καλύτερα αποτελέσματα...). Ας ερευνήσουν λίγο να βρουν άλλες οπερέττες, μπορεί να αξίζει τον κόπο! Τα ΚΑΠΗ στα οποία φαίνεται στοχεύουν θα έρθουν ούτως ή άλλως. Ας τους παρουσιάσουν κάτι καινούριο!

Demis said...

Πωωωω..... Ταγχώϋζερ, ἡ ἀγαπημένη μου ὄπερα! Πάω βουρητός! Εἶχα πάει καί πρίν καμμιά δεκαριά χρόνια Μέγαρο, στόν Λόενγκριν, πολύ μοῦ εἶχε ἀρέσει. Καί παραδοσιακά σκηνικά βλέπω, τέλεια!
Αὐτή ἡ Cantanero δέν εἶναι πού εἶχε τραγουδίσει παλιά Πουριτανούς μαζί μέ τόν Juan Diego Flórez; Εἶχα δεῖ στό YouTube δυό βιντεάκια, τό "a te o cara" (ἄχ βρέ Φλόρεζ θεούλη!) κί ἕνα ἄλλο, πάρα πολύ καλή μοῦ φάνηκε.

Parsifal said...

Αυτή ειναι, αυτή είναι!! Κάτσε να μας τη φέρουν πρώτα...Δε θα με χαλούσε ούτε η Ελενα Μοσούκ....