September is a special time in Athens. The intense heat is starting to back off and locals have returned from their summer holidays with a little bounce in their step. Even Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looked happy on the news this week, despite his impossible job. But what has made me so optimistic about Athens right now is the array of events showing all over the city throughout this month. I mention this because things seemed to have come to a dramatic halt post August last year, despite the record numbers of people visiting the city. So many of our readers were disappointed to learn that they couldn’t experience a live performance at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus during their visit. I felt like the bearer of bad news on replay.
But this year, I don’t think I’ve seen a more full programme at the Odeon and I am very happy to tell you that you will find something performing almost every night of the week in September from ancient Greek drama to Argentinian Tango. We’ve been busy putting it all together, translating pages of information for you to be able to plan your time here and buy your tickets in advance, so don’t miss out!
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is absolutely jammed packed with performances this month which we’ve summarised for you below. Click on the links for ticket information.
SEPTEMBER EVENTS IN ATHENS AT THE ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS
– The ancient satirical drama, Cyclops by Euripides comes to the big stage of the Odeon on September 7th
– Sophocles’ masterpiece Oedipus at Kolonos plays on September 8
– The ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes is playing on September 9
– The BACCHAE by Euripides plays at the Odeon on September 11
– The Greek National Opera presents the Maria Callas Opera Gala on September 14
– The Greek National Opera presents Dimitris Maramis’ interpretation of the Cretan musical Erotokritos on September 15
– A magnificent tribute to the iconic choreography of the late pioneer in dance, Maurice Béjart performs on September 17 & 18
– The Bolshoi Ballet performs a tribute to the legendary Russian ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer, Mikhail Lavrovsky on September 19 & 20
– The Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague together with the Athens State Orchestra will perform Classic Rock songs by Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen. AC/DC, Deep Purple and more on September 21 & 22
– The great Romanian Soprano, Angela Gheorghiu together with classical crossover artist and tenor Mario Frangoulis perform on September 23
– Legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti will be accompanied by a nine piece orchestra for her performance on September 24 & September 29
– AMYNTAS by George Mormoris will be performed at the Odeon in loving memory of the late director and scholar, Spyros Evangelatos on September 26
– Legendary Greek singers George Dalaras and Lavrentis Macheritsas, perform in this benefit concert to support ‘Together for Children’ on September 27
– To commemorate the 60 year anniversary since the passing of the great Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, the philosophical work, Ascesis: The Saviors of God will perform on September 28
– Music by Manos Hadjidakis under the artistic direction of George Hadjidakis, featuring music from German documentary ‘Greece the Land of Dreams’ will perform on September 30
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS AROUND ATHENS
* The Acropolis Museum continues its annual programme of guided evening walks through the museum with an archaeologist, every Friday in September.
* Maria Callas, one of the world’s greatest opera divas of the twentieth century is honoured through through a rare exhibition titled ‘The Myth Lives On’ on display throughout September.
* Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. A wonderful 90 minute performance of dances from all around Greece on various dates in September.
* The National Archaeological Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a special exhibition titled Odysseys on display throughout September.