Perouze Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Festival

PEROUZÉ an opera by Sakellaridis with the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra

Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
When: 16 - 17 June 2018
Why Go: Greek opera under the stars

Theophrastos Sakellaridis’ masterwork Perouzé will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. It originally premiered on 9 August 1911 at the Olympia Theatre. A smashing success, it ran for two seasons and was performed throughout Greece. Perouzé was last presented in 1950 at the Greek National Opera. The opera’s premise revolves around the passionate and doomed romance between a gypsy girl and a young peasant boy, presented in two acts and is accompanied by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra. Kassandra Dimopoulou features in the title role.

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The Athens Philharmonia Orchestra. Photo: APHO/Spiros Katopodis


Theophrastos Sakellaridis, a talented and prolific composer and principal conductor, was one of the pioneers of Greek operetta. His distinct, idiosyncratic style is the result of diverse influences from Greek folk (dimotiko) song, Oriental music, French and Austrian operetta, gypsy music, kantada (serenade), even jazz.

Why Athens Tip: The performance will be accompanied by English subtitles.

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