Olympia Theatre Athens Concert
The Olympia Theatre in Athens. Photograph: courtesy of OPANDA.

EVENTS AT THE OLYMPIA THEATRE

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Where: Olympia Theatre
When: April 2019
Why Go: Hear music at an iconic venue

The citizens of Athens have a newly revamped venue to call their own with the reopening of the Olympia Theatre, officially known as Olympia Municipal Music Theatre, Maria Callas.

Housed inside the historic Olympia building that sits on Akadimias Street, it was home to the Greek National Opera (GNO) for more than 50 years. Left vacant after the GNO relocated to its new stage at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in early 2017, the Olympia Theatre has now reopened its doors to the public after a full refurbishment carried out by the City of Athens.

olympia theatre maria callas

The theatre is named in honour of Maria Callas.

The theatre will house the city’s new initiative, a municipal opera and will pay tribute to the legendary Greek opera singer, Maria Callas. Several of Callas’ personal objects will be displayed and dedicated to her memory.

OLYMPIA THEATRE PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

 

MARCH 2019

THE BEAUTIFUL HELEN (LE BELLE HÈLÉNE)

2, 3 & 9 March | 8:30pm

Jacques Offenbach – Opera Buffa in three acts

Beautiful Helen returns for a third year, this time to her natural place. Offenbach, as timely as ever with his stimulating rhythms, expresses the time in which he lived solely for money and entertainment to avoid the true nature of everyday reality. This piece is based on the Greek myths, taking place in Sparta and Nafplion. He portrays the well-known and familiar mythical characters,  Paris, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Calchas and Helen, removing the cellophane wrapping from them and humanizing them with what they each represent. Director Isidoros Sideris animates our ancient friends, whom he thinks of as his relatives, through a gable of statues, as three dimensional as possible, and with the familiar humour he is known for.

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

ARLYN GONZALEZ & THE ATHENS BIG BAND

5 March | 8:30pm

The City of Athens Big Band is presenting a top performer in song – the outstanding Arlyn Gonzalez! With dynamic Latin rhythms, this will be the talk of the town.

Art direction: Sami Amiris

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

THOSE OLDEN DAYS

6 March | 8:30pm

Music for a night of Carnival with the Choir of the municipality of Athens.

Two carnival scenes: Venice 1608, Old Athens 1915-1920.

Piano: Thanos Maryetis. Soloist: to be announced

Musical direction: Stavros Beris

Tickets: To Be Announced

 

CONCERT MARKING 100 YEARS SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR I

14 March | 8:30pm

Frederick Delius: Requiem

Soloist: Violetta Lousta (Soprano), Haris Andrianos (Baritone)

Edward Elgar: Concert for cello and orchestra

Soloist: Renato Ripo
Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens

Choir of the Municipality of Athens
Choir leader: Stavros Beris

Choir of ERT

Musical direction: Miron Michailidis

Tickets: Available here for this performance

Olympia Theatre Athens Inside

The Olympia Theatre during its final night performance of Rhea by the Greek National Opera. Photograph: courtesy of GNO

REINER WITZER & THE ATHENS BIG BAND

19 March | 8:30pm

The City of Athens Big Band, continuing its cycle of collaborations with international and acclaimed jazz soloists, has the pleasure of working Reiner Witzel, one of the leading saxophonists on the European stage of wider jazz music. There will be pieces from the broader repertoire of jazz, both traditional and more modern, with the Big Band and saxophone.

Art direction: Sami Amiris

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

APRIL 2019

THAT OLD FEELING CONCERT

with the Athens Big Band & Dimitri Kalantzi

2 April |  8:30pm

The Athens Big Band joins up with one of Greece’s most famous and loved pianists, composers and conductors, Dimitris Kalantzis. A classical jazz repertoire will be presented through the original orchestrations of Dimitri Kalantzi, with two singers and a vocal ensemble. A totally mainstream jazz evening, with great pieces, where dancing is not permitted but required!

Pre-Sale: Tickets Available Here

 

ALEXIS ZORBAS

Mikis Theodorakis

4 April | 8:30pm

An evening of music by the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. Featuring Mezzo Soprano solist, Elena Papanikolaou with the Symphony Orchestra & Choir of the Municipality of Athens.

Pre-Sale: Tickets Available Here

Olympia Theatre Athens Maria Callas

TRIBUTE TO KOSTA HATZI

Concert with the Greek Music Workshop

10 April | 8:30pm

The Athens Greek MusicWorkshop meets Kosta Hatzi on stage on a musical journey led by the timeless melodies of this great musician.

Piano: Giorgos Payatis. Artistic direction: Aggelos Ilias

Pre-Sale: Tickets Available Here

 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Tribute: France in the Municipality of Athens

11April |  8:30pm

France in one of its most characteristic musical eras; ClaudeDebussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra

Soloist: Nefeli Mousoura. Gabriel Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50 Gabriel Fauré: Elegy, Op. 24 Claude Debussy: Petite Suite. Musical Direction: Stathis Soulis

Tickets: Yet to be announced

 

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Concert with Athens Big Band, Christos Rafailidis & Thana Alexa

16 April | 8:30pm

The Athens’ Big Band has the pleasure of collaborating with two internationally recognised artists based in New York: vibraphonists Christos Rafaelidis and Thana Alexa in song. There will be pieces from a wider repertoire of jazz music, along with important songs that became the backbone of traditional jazz music.

Tickets: Yet to be announced

 

EASTER MONDAY CONCERT

with the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Athens

22 April | 8:30pm

This Easter concert features Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Athens who will present the work of distinguished contemporary Greek composer: Dimitris Minakakis. The theme of the Oratorio is the journey of Jesus Christ, starting with his triumphant beginning in Jerusalem. Audiences can expect Byzantine hymns and chants for Easter week along with original music for the “Troparion of Kassiani” – a rendition of the poem by Kostis Palamas.

Soloists: Antonia Kalogirou (Soprano), Ines Zikou (Mezzo Soprano), Antonis Koronaios (Tenor) Tasos Apostolou (Contralto) | Narrator: Alexis Kostalas | Choir Lead: Stavros Beris | Musical Direction: Eleftherios Kalkanis

Tickets: Yet to be announced

 

EASTER TUESDAY CONCERT

23 April | 8:30pm

Another Easter concert with the Greek Music Workshop under the artistic direction of Aggelos Ilias.

Tickets: Yet to be announced

 

MAY 2019

PANDELIS THALASSINOS & THE GREEK MUSIC WORKSHOP

10 May | 8:30pm

The Greek Music Workshop of the municipality of Athens, together with songwriter Pantelis Thalassinos, take the audience on a journey along beloved musical trails.

Art direction: Aggelos Ilias

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

 

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