Hatzidakis Songs Greek National Opera

MANOS HATZIDAKIS SONGS by the Greek National Opera

Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: 9, 10, 13 & 14 Feb 2019
Why Go: Hear music by one of Greece’s greatest composers

Three emblematic, yet largely unknown, song cycles by Manos Hatzidakis, Common life, Children at Colonus and The Songs of Sin, come to the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera (GNO), as part of the GNO ‘Manos Hatzidakis Cycle’.

Hatzidakis Songs Greek National Opera

The Alternative Stage at the Greek National Opera is perfect for live music. Photograph: courtesy of the GNO

SYNOPSIS OF MUSIC – As described by Hatzidakis

Common life
“A work based on a poetic idea of mine, in which by using poems of Giorgos Chronas, a special ambiance of a different common life is formed, poetically set, with descriptions of a fancy cinema. Four songs have been written, but the whole work remains unfinished”. – Manos Hatzidakis

Children at Colonus
Τhe Children at Colonus are so much less than children, but without ever managing to become men. Children at Colonus compose Greek images of love, wretchedness, and hopelessness”. – Manos Hadjidakis (4-5 March 1978).

The songs of sin
“[…] a colourful mural including poems of Dinos Christianopoulos and one of Giorgos Chronas, Byzantine hymns, folk rhythms and a military band that obstinately plays Wagner’s ‘The Siegfried Idyll’. I dedicate this work to those who can still be eroded by Music and Singing”. – Manos Hadjidakis (4 January 1993).


Manos Hatzidakis (1925 –1994) was a Greek composer and theorist of Greek music. He was one of the main proponents of “Entehna” music (along with Mikis Theodorakis). In 1960 he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “Never on Sunday”.

Hatzidakis Greek National Opera Ticket


The Alternative Stage is the second auditorium of the opera wing found inside the SNFCC complex. Designed by the acclaimed Renzo Piano, it was designed for intimate musical performances and a creative space for Greek composers.

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