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: January, February, March 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

JANUARY 2019

MUSIC & LYRICS OF MIKIS THEODORAKIS

24 January | 8:30pm

Lyrics and music from the great composer and songwriter, Mikis Theodorakis.

Song/vocals: Spiros Klessas, Dimitra Selemidou, Betty Harlafti accompanied by Symphonic Orchestra & Chorus of the Municipality of Athens.

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

A TRIBUTE TO VICKY MOSCHOLI

29 January | 8:30pm

The Greek Music Workshop of the City of Athens along with several vocalists present a tribute to the great Greek singer Vicky Moscholiou.

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

A TRIBUTE TO SPAIN

31 January | 8:30pm

Spanish folk music by famous Spanish composers including Manuel de Falla. Soloist Boyan Doychev.

Tickets: Entrance to this performance is free. Visitors must register in person at the venue on the day of the performance between 11:00am to 5:00pm to receive with free entry cards (2 tickets per person).

 

Olympia Theatre Athens Inside

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

FEBRUARY 2019

ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD

3 & 10 February | 7:30pm

Jacques Offenbach – Comic opera in four acts

The first lyrical theatre production at this venue to celebrate both the reopening of the historical “Olympia” theatre, and the 200 years since the birth of Offenbach, father of the French operetta. It is a parody-corruption of the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where the action unfolds between corrupt Earth, desolate Olympus and the damned Underworld. The direction of Isidoros Sideris presents a rather aristocratic Offenbach that caustically satirizes power. A spirited musical comedy, as speedy as the devilish rhythms of the well-known Can Can.

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

THE BEAUTIFUL HELEN (LE BELLE HÈLÉNE)

16, 17, 23 & 24 February | 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

 

TRIBUTE TO MIKIS THEODORAKIS

19 February | 8:30pm

Concert with the Greek Music Workshop

The Greek Music Workshop of Athens, in partnership with two excellent performers, Zacharias Karounis and Savveria Margiola, present some well-loved melodies of Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Loizos.

Song: Zacharias Karounis, Savveria Margiola

Artistic Direction: Angelos Ilias

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

MIKHAIL YOSIFOV & THE ATHENS BIG BAND 

20 February | 8:30pm

Concert

The City of Athens’ Big Band, opening this year’s series of collaborations with international and acclaimed jazz music soloists, has the pleasure of working with one of Europe’s top trumpeters, Mikhail Yosifov. There will be pieces from the broader repertoire of jazz, starting with the Big Band and the trumpet in the hands of a talented performer.

Tickets: Available here for this performance

 

ATHENA, DAUGHTER OF THE SKY

27 February | 8:30pm

Concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Athens City Choir

The Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the Athens City Choir, is celebrating Carnival season with Athenian songs. From Chatziapostolou and Attik, to Mouzaki and more…

Choir Leader: Stavros Beris

Musical Direction: Dimitris Mihas

Tickets: YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

Olympia Theatre Athens Maria Callas

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: YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

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: YET 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: YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

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: YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

PANDELIS THALASSINOS & THE GREEK MUSIC WORKSHOP

26 March | 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: YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

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