ELEKTRA by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 15, 18, 22, 26, 31 October 2017Why Go: To see a 20th century operatic masterpiece
The Greek National Opera (GNO) begins its season at its new facilities at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, opening with Richard Strauss’ Elektra that is based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Elektra has been dubbed one of the most important and most demanding operas of the 20th century where Strauss pushed musical boundaries that require…
RIGOLETTO by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 25, 27, 29 Oct & 1 Nov 2017Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera
Guiseppi Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, returns to the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens for four performances, under the baton of acclaimed conductor, Εlias Voudouris. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto brings the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in a role he has masterfully performed…
SWEENEY TODD at the Megaron in AthensWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 27, 29 October, 2 November 2017Why Go: To see an acclaimed musical thriller
The Friends of Music Orchestra and George Petrou will once again impress audiences with the acclaimed musical thriller Sweeney Todd playing at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall. This impressive production will feature a cast of 26, including popular actors and opera singers, along with a symphonic orchestra ensemble of 35. The play which is set…
With a vibrant cultural scene all year round, Athens events include an impressive mix of both local and international musicians, artists and dance groups. The city comes alive in the summer months where cinema screens move outdoors and plateias or neighbourhood squares are buzzing with music and festivities. From June-August every year, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is in full swing with an abundance of events held at various iconic Athenian venues including Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, located at the base of the southern slopes of the Acropolis.
The Athens events we list have been chosen to appeal to an international audience passing through Athens and we select events accordingly.
Events in Athens
The Megaron Athens Concert Hall and Greek National Theatre are two of the major modern day venues in Athens. In peak season and where possible, we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets or ask your hotel to assist you with this. We provide you with the venue address in English and Greek to overcome any language barriers with taxi drivers. We also provide the nearest metro station to an event, along with a map to assist with your travel arrangements.
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
This is by far the crown jewel in the annual events calendar in Athens. Running now for more than 60 years, it presents local and international productions of Ancient Greek drama that celebrates the city’s cultural heritage. Athens is blessed with a network of ancient amphitheatres including Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Aristotle’s Lyceum and Lycabettus Theatre. Extending beyond Athens to the Attica region, performances can also be found at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi and the infamous Epidaurus Theatre. Check out our travel tips of getting to Epidaurus.
August Full Moon Festival
Every August on the night of the full moon, musical performances are held at key historic venues, including the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and other sites around Greece. Be sure to watch this space for updates.