Nutcracker Athens Greek National Opera

THE NUTCRACKER by the Greek National Opera

Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: 23, 24, 28, 30 Dec 2023 & 3 - 5 Jan 2024
Why Go: See a magical ballet for Christmas

The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker this festive season in Athens.

This musical and theatrical masterpiece will be performed by the talented soloists, demi-soloists, Corps de ballet, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra of the GNO.

Nutcracker Greek National Opera Athens

Ballet Director Konstantinos Rigos views the work from the perspective of children who find themselves pushed to the margins and forced to forge their own dreams in a world “wrecked by grown-ups”. This Gen Z Nutcracker walks the line between contemporary visuals and classical dance traditions.

The Nutcracker is rightly considered one of the most popular ballets in the repertoire since the emotional power and theatricality of Tchaikovsky’s music never fails to captivate audiences, enchanting both young and old alike.

In its initial two-act form, choreographed by Lev Ivanov and with a libretto by Marius Petipa on the basis of which Tchaikovsky composed his music, The Nutcracker was first presented at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 18 December 1892. The original plot is based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

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