The musical fairy tale of the great Lena Platonos The emperor's nightingale, a work that “has never been presented live, due to its technical difficulties and operatic structure”, as she herself has mentioned, will be presented by the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera as its main opera production for children and youth, for 30 performances. It is an impressive production combining opera with animation. A collaboration with the Animasyros festival!
Following the great success of Thodoris Ampazis' opera Prince Ivan and the firebird, the children's opera of Lena Platonos, whose songs of Lilipoupoli have raised generations of children, sets the bar of expectations even higher.
Lena Platonos wrote The emperor's nightingale, a “musical fairy tale with operatic elements”, as she has described it, in 1989, based on Hans Kristian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name, to respond to the wish of counter-tenor Aris Christofellis. The libretto was written by the poet-biologist Giorgos Voloudakis. The work's recording featured top performers, such as Aris Christofellis, Savina Yannatou, Spyros Sakkas, Fragiskos Voutsinas etc. Platonos characterized the work's music as neo-impressionistic.
Andersen's fairy tale morphs into a parable about the relationship between art and technology, which nowadays is more topical than ever. The work's modern-day message, the co-existence of analogue and electronic music, the irresistible melodic lines of Platonos and the skilled vocal writing make The emperor's nightingale an ideal opportunity to acquaint children with the magical world of the lyric art.
Libretto Giorgos Voloudakis
Director Katerina Petsatodi
Animation Eirini Vianelli
Set designer Evangelia Therianou
Costumes Alexia Theodoraki
Sound designer Stergios Tsirliagos
Performing Niki Chaziraki, Giannis Filias, Nikos Kotenidis, Giorgos Roupas, Marilena Striftompola
In March 2017, the Greek National Opera relocated to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).
Covering an area of 28,000 m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics, state-of-the-art acoustics, as well as the installations of the Main Stage (Stavros Niarchos Hall, 1400 seats) bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the Alternative Stage (400 seats) is a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theatre.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, fully funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org), also includes the new building for the National Library of Greece and the Stavros Niarchos Park, all designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. In February 2017, on the completion of the project, the Foundation handed the SNFCC to the Greek State, which undertook its full control and operation.
The Alternative Stage of the National Opera of Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center - with artistic director Alexandros Euclidis- constitutes a core of creation for education, society and contemporary creation, with a special emphasis on all the fields of musical theater.Source: https://goo.gl/Vr5gU4