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Z Opera at the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage

Z Opera by Minas Borbourakis, based on Vassilis Vassilikos’ labyrinthine historical novel, is presented at the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage (2/3/2018-18/4/2018).

One of the most important moments in Greece’s modern political history, which marked the decline into a long period of political turmoil that eventually culminated in the 7 year military regime period, was the murder of EDA (Left wing party) parliamentary deputy, Grigoris Lambrakis; that story now enters the opera repertoire with the dual aim of rekindling the public’s relationship with opera, and opera’s relationship with issues still unresolved in society’s collective conscience. 

Proving that opera can take a political stance, the Alternative Stage commissioned Z from a composer who has a string of major international successes to his name. Borboudakis has composed a chamber opera which explores the soundscape of the turbulent 1960s, based on a libretto by the writer Vangelis Hatzigiannidis. Referring to the work’s soundscape the composer said, “Motorbike engines, whispering women, distorted voices coming from megaphones, rocks banging against locked shutters, internal voices and rhythmic noise of train tracks take us back to soundscapes that unfold on two levels: the world of thought, and reality, raising the unanswerable question, Why?”. 

Taking Vassilikos’ labyrinthine novel as a starting point, but firmly believing that his libretto based on that material ought to be clearly more compact, Vangelis Hatzigiannidis, a prize-winning, oft-translated author, said ‘economy’ was his byword. “Economy in terms of roles, dialog, and information. But not economy when it comes to characters’ feelings or their inner thoughts”. 

Having worked out a common line of approach with Minas Borboudakis, they decided to place emphasis on the personal universe of the heroes and to give it an almost equal footing alongside the action and the police-like approach to the tale, balanced against the immense political impact of the events of that time. Hatzigiannidis has said that, “human nature, capable to such glorious and yet also such base things, seems hopelessly unchanged despite the decades that have passed”.

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Z Opera at the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage

02/03/2018 - 18/04/2018

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Dates: 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18 March & 14, 15, 17, 18 April 2018 Starts at: 20.30 Location:Greek National Opera Alternative Stage Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (364, Syggrou ave., 17674 Kallithea)

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