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GREEK NATIONAL OPERA / ATHENS

The Sound of the Cry

The GNO Alternative Stage recital titled The Sound of the Cry, conceived by the enterprising pianist and researcher Christos Marinos, accompanying the spirited mezzo-soprano Ioanna Vrakatseli, sets out to give sound to the cry of people who experienced, or are still experiencing, some of the most acute humanitarian crises of the 20th and 21st centuries; such as the Great Fire of Smyrna, the Holocaust and the ongoing refugee crisis.

Two commissioned works by the Greek composers Foteini Tryferopoulou and Maria Deli are centrally positioned in the recital programme, they deal with, respectively, the Great Fire of Smyrna and its attendant genocides and the testimonies of survivors of wars, ethnic cleansing and slaughters. The new works are flanked by compositions, sometimes in first performances, by creators such as Ilse Weber, Viktor Ullmann and Hans Krása (who lived through the Theresienstadt ghetto only to die at Auschwitz) as well as their contemporary colleagues Juliana Hall, Mohammed Fairouz and Dimitri Terzakis - all of them devastating evidence of man’s inhumanity to man.

Works by Maria Deli, Mohammed Fairouz, Juliana Hall, Hans Hans Krása, Dimitri Terzakis, Foteini Tryferopoulou, Viktor Ullmann, Ilse Weber.

Sunday 09/10/2022 at 19:30

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