MEGARON / ATHENS
Hope of HomelandThe adventures around of the preparation and the outbreak of the Revolution of 1821 are the subject of the opera Hope of Homeland, by George Kouroupos, set to a libretto by Ioulita Iliopoulou, presented at Megaron.
The life of a family in Smyrna intersects with the historical events, persons and ideas that led to the Struggle for Liberation and the first steps in the formation of the modern Greek state.
Brave people whose spiritual strength or bold decisions and actions were decisive for the Revolution –Rigas, Kapodistrias, the members of Filiki Eteria, Papaflessas, Mavrokordatos, the hero fighters– give voice to the need for independence, while emblematic phases of this period, from the declaration of the Revolution to the first National Assembly at Epidaurus, project vividly the hope for a free homeland and a fairer life.
The imprint of events on the souls of the ordinary people who play a leading role, together with their innermost feelings, their meetings, and the evolution of their personal lives, including sacrifice and love, complement the reconstruction of a unique era, which gave birth to hope and solidified the constant demand for freedom and democracy.