Let's step back in time...
-Opening of the Athens Festival with the (atrocious) Turandot of the Greek National Opera that took the worst of reviews and created a petit blogosphere scandale.
-Carsen's wonderful "A midsummer night's dream"
-Olivier Py's haunting "Curlew River"
-The academic Sokurov/Bolshoi "Boris Godunov"
-Pina Bausch's stunning "Orphée et Euridice" at the Epidaurus.
-The World Premiere of the Greek opera "Damage"
Let alone a Recital by Renée Fleming etc etc.
The 2009 Schedule has not been officially announced yet,
Parsi knows for sure that it hides a little surprise for Greek opera lovers!
This year, the number of opera performances of the Athens Festival is gonna be
(and for whoever didn't get it, that's a zero).
And if you wonder, what about that AIDA that is being prepared by the Greek National Opera (and the rumours have Dimitra Theodossiou debuting the role and Dolora Zajick singing Amneris next to her)......
The President of the Athens Festival decided that after last years' fiasco with Turandot, the Greek National Opera, that by tradition opens the Athens Festival the last I-don't-really-know-how-many-years, is not good enough for his Festival and so, this time the performances of Aida will take place during the last days of May.
In fact, it seems that this year, no opera is good enough for the President of the Athens Festival.
The Official schedule will be announced on Tuesday, 31/3.