Hugo de Ana’s celebrated Madama Butterfly opens season, the same Opera was the first ever performed by the GNO 80 years earlier

·        A special one-off Piano Recital as part of the Alternative Stage Piano Festival which celebrates 250 Years of Beethoven

·        Thiago Bordin choreographs new Greek National Opera Ballet production of Don Quixote

·        Royal Danish Opera Artistic Director John Fulljames directs a new production of Don Giovanni co-produced with the Göteborg Opera and the Royal Danish Opera

The Greek National Opera will resume full scale, fully staged live performances this autumn in the Stavros Niarchos Hall at SNFCC, with an exciting season from October to December featuring a revival of Hugo de Ana’s acclaimed 2017 Madama Butterfly for 12 performances from 11 October,  a  special one-off piano recital in the Stravros Niarchos Hall as part of the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage Piano Festival which this year marks 250 years since the birth of Beethoven and is presented by some of the country’s finest soloists under the baton of Ondrej Olos on the 05 November, a new production of Don Quixote by the Greek National Opera Ballet directed by celebrated choreographer Thiago Bordin for 8 performances from 21 November  and the world premiere of a new international co-production of Don Giovanni,directed by Royal Danish Opera Artistic Director John Fulljames and co-produced with the Göteborg Opera and the Royal Danish Opera will open for 8 performances from 11 December.

With coronavirus having virtually wiped out live performance in Europe since March, and opera particularly badly affected due to the cost of productions and size of houses, many of Europe’s top opera houses are keeping doors shut for the rest of 2020.

However, the Greek National Opera’s decision to re-open, with public health and safety as top priority and driven chiefly by Greece’s pragmatic and widely praised handling of the pandemic, is symbolic of its flourishing role as one of the continent’s most ambitious opera houses.

Prior to lockdown the Greek National Opera was riding high on the back of Olivier Py’s acclaimed production of Wozzeck and preparing to host Yorgos Lanthimos’s new project in collaboration with NEON, The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas with Marina Abramović, Anita Rachvelishvili’s debut in the role of Charlotte in Werther, and a new Rigoletto at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

During lockdown, the GNO streamed a series of historic performances and as the nation re-opened, played an integral role in the nationwide festival All of Greece, one culture, including a live-streamed concert with an exclusive performance by Anita Rachvelishvili at the Roman Agora in the shadow of the Acropolis which was watched online by over 1 million people.

In the autumn the GNO will announce the 2021 programme, with which they will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation supports the GNO artistic program of the Bicentennial Anniversary from the Greek Revolution of 1821.

The 2021 programme features an ambitious operatic co-production of the GNO and the Bavarian State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Opera National de Paris,  postponed from this year, The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas by Marina Abramovic.

Beyond the anniversary season the Greek National Opera can also announce a grand concert by Jonas Kaufman, sponsored by Rolex, which will see the ‘king of tenors’ performing at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the first time ever in September 2021.

Greek National Opera Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis said:

The past four months have not been easy for anyone in the cultural sector, and opera has been struck particularly hard. Given that we were in the midst of our most artistically and internationally ambitious season ever, and on the verge of announcing an even bigger season to mark the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution in 2021, we are more determined than ever to resume staging world class productions.

The productions we announce today bring together the finest talent in Greece and a host of collaborators from around the world, to create world class, highly original and artistically adventurous interpretations of our finest operas and ballets.”

The Greek National Opera continues to develop and expand its artistic outreach policy, which the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) so generously supports through its four-year-long grant of 20,000,000 euros.