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Roméo et Juliette at the Greek National Opera


Charles Gounod’s 5 act opera Roméo et Juliette is being staged for the very first time in the GNO’s history within the framework of the French Opera Cycle and in commemoration of the Gounod’s birth 200 years ago. From February 25th and for six performances, the opera will be presented at the Greek National Opera’s Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, conducted by Lukas Karytinos and directed by Nikos Mastorakis.

Roméo et Juliette was a hit from its first performance in Paris in 1867 and to this day remains by far the most popular version of the Shakespearean drama set to music.

Four long duets for the lovers from Verona and their famous arias garner the most interest but also help push the story forward from the innocent first meeting between these two young people right to their tragic end; from Juliet’s light-hearted waltz to her “Poison Aria”, from Romeo’s ecstatic song to his inconsolable monologue dedicated to the memory of Juliet.

Although it focuses on the main pair, the opera’s crowd scenes with their impressive choral pieces, and the dance scenes too, bring a certain radiance and flare to the work, adding a phantasmagorical aspect to it which has contributed to its popularity.

The GNO’s new production is directed by the leading theatrical director Nikos Mastorakis, who is presenting his work for lyrical theatre for the first time. Through his contemporary and minimalistic point of view, Mastorakis focuses on the central couple and proposes a modern reading the Shakespeare’s classical masterpiece.

The sets and costumes for the production are by the acclaimed German designer Johannes Schütz, whose name has been associated with top performances by some of Europe’s leading theatres (London, Berlin, and Paris, to name a few) and some of Europe’s largest operas (Berlin, Frankfurt, Lyon, Salzburg, London, and Amsterdam, to name a few). His work was previously seen in Greece in the 2010 production of Orestes by Giannis Houvardas for the National Theatre.

In the production participates a cast of distinguished artists: Greek leading soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu, who sings in the world’s top opera houses, debuts in the role of Juliette. The role of Roméo will be performed by the renowned Spanish tenor Ismael Jordi, who will perform for the first time in Greece. A student of Alfredo Kraus, Jordi has performed in all the leading European lyric theaters, as well as in Canada and Japan, receiving enthusiastic reviews.
The cast is completed by established Greek soloists: Dimitris Kassioumis, Artemis Bogri, Haris Andrianos, Antonis Koroneos, Petros Magoulas, Chrysanthi Spitadi, Dionysis Melogiannidis, Nikos Kotenidis, Giorgos Roupas, Kostis Rasidakis.

Chief conductor Lukas Karytinos will conduct the GNO Orchestra.

With the participation of the GNO Chorus, conducted by Agathangelos Georgakatos.

For more information, please visit the Greek National Opera official site. 

Roméo et Juliette at the Greek National Opera

25/02/2018 - 11/03/2018
Location: ATTICAATTICA

Hours - Comments
25, 28 February 2018 2, 4, 7, 11 March 2018 Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Starts at 19.30 (On Sundays at 18.30)


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