Summer Dose of Culture as Athens Festival Readies to Kick Off

The annual Athens Pageant and its “cultural counterpart”, the Epidaurus Pageant, are off to a recent begin this 12 months with a brand new director and a few 80 productions for all tastes to hit the stage come June.

For greater than six a long time the annual cultural collection, held primarily on the historical Irodion Theater in Athens and on the Epidaurus Theater within the Argolid, in addition to at a number of different venues throughout city, options all the pieces from opera and drama to Greek music and dance.

Stepping in as the brand new creative director, Vangelis Theodoropoulos offered the packed agenda of occasions which go from fashionable to different and from the classics to the underground.

Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” by the Greek Nationwide Opera.

Among the many highlights of the competition are a tribute to Federico Fellini and Nino Rota full with music and visible excerpts, in addition to performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” by the Greek Nationwide Opera and Opera Pageant of Taormina, Georges Bizet’s “Carmen”, and Carl Orff’s orchestral work “Carmina Burana”.

Greek music concert events characteristic composer Nikos Kypourgos in addition to youthful favorites equivalent to Matoula Zamani, amongst others.

Greek theater works (carried out in Greek with English subtitles) embrace much-loved “Lysistrata” and “The Birds” by Aristophanes in addition to tragedies “Antigone” and “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles.

The Nice Bard can even be “current” on the competition this 12 months. As a tribute to Shakespeare 400 years since his loss of life, the competition will embrace stagings of “Macbeth”, “King Lear” and “The Tempest”.

The Athens Pageant occasions run by way of to August 31 with June pre-sale tickets opening on Could 23. For the detailed program click on right here.