Georges Bizet Carmen
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The GNO says goodbye to the “Suitcase Opera” program, which traveled all over Greece, with three surprise short performances of Carmen. Do not miss them

On Friday 19/06, 20:00: MARINA of FLISVOS


On Saturday 20/06, 20:00: MONASTIRAKI SQUARE


Carmen, Bizet’s legendary opera, is the new production of the Suitcase Opera. It will travel to 22 cities across Greece, in the framework of the programme Journey to the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, an exclusive donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (¨

Carmen is one of the most famous operas worldwide, as its power, vivacity and simplicity moves the audiences through time. Love, passion and the need for freedom are structural elements of human nature, making this tragic story a classic one. Bizet’s overwhelming tunes, superb arias and duets magically outline the tragic story and the emotions of the characters.
The plot of the opera revolves around the fiery feelings of Corporal Don José for Carmen, a gypsy girl. Her liberal views about love eventually lead her to death. Angela-Kleopatra Saroglou, the production’s director, has transported the action to modern Spain through the aesthetics of Pedro Almodovar’s film-making. 
Eminent protagonists of the Greek National Opera feature in this production. The performance duration is 80 minutes, without intermission and with Greek surtitles.
The Suitcase Opera started out in 2011. It is an initiative of the Greek National Opera; an artistic project aiming at attracting new audience and introducing it to the magic spell of the opera repertoire.
The Suitcase Opera production is flexible and travels to unusual places (cultural centres, museums, libraries, archaeological sites) supported by a fabulous cast of GNO soloists who, instead of an orchestra, will be accompanied by a pianist, whereas all its stage sets are being carried in a… suitcase.
At the same time, the GNO, with the Suitcase Opera and in collaboration with the institution Future Library, will introduce educational actions in the cities to be visited.



Educational actions of the Greek National Opera in the framework of the programme Journey to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in collaboration with Future Library


In the framework of the 3rd stage of the programme Journey to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center taking place in collaboration with Future Library, the Greek National Opera not only stages Georges Bizet’s Carmen, but it will also offer two educational actions to its young audience of the cities to be visited. The programme is supported by a donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 
Accordingly, a two-day seminar on opera art will take place in 12 cities around Greece. It will be conducted by experienced associates of the Greek National Opera. This is a first step towards the development of an educational network on opera art.
Furthermore, in each of the 23 cities (Lamia, Nafpaktos, Larissa, Volos, Corinth, Tripoli, Kalamata, Sparta, Corfu, Ioannina, Konitsa, Grevena, Veria, Kastoria, Alexandroupoli, Drama, Thessaloniki, Chania, Heraklion, Ag. Nikolaos, Agrinio, Preveza, Livadia) to be visited by the GNO in the framework of the Journey to the SNFCC programme, our team will pay a visit to a school, and the students will be given the opportunity to enjoy a first encounter with the opera world. More specifically:


Opera seminar
The two-day seminar will be free of charge in the 12 host cities (Lamia, Corinth, Tripoli, Kalamata, Sparta, Corfu, Ioannina, Veria, Kastoria, Chania, Heraklion, Ag. Nikolaos). It addresses to young people between 16 and 32 years old who are interested in opera singing. Experienced Greek National Opera associates will teach them the basic principles of vocal and stage techniques. The aim is to discover, encourage and promote new artists who live in remote regions around Greece and wish to engage in opera singing.


School visiting
In each of the cities to be visited, the students will enjoy an one-hour introduction to the opera art by a GNO soloist accompanied by a pianist. The purpose of the educational programme is to help overturn all clichés about the opera and replace them with a genuine desire to be further acquainted with the opera by means of getting to know it on a more practical level and by demonstrating the unlimited possibilities emerging through the encounter of music and theatre.
In 22 cities around Greece, in the framework of the programme “Journey to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center”
Performances begin at 20.00
Free entrance for priority pass holders. Priority passes will be distributed one hour prior the starting time

29 January 2015 – Municipal Theatre, Lamia
1 February 2015 – Papacharalambios Hall, Nafpaktos
13 February 2015 – Municipal Conservatory, Larissa
15 February 2015 – Municipal Cultural Centre of Nea Ionia, Volos 
27 February 2015 – Municipal Theatre, Corinth
1 March 2015 – Malliaropoulio Theatre, Tripoli
7 March 2015 – Dance Megaron, Kalamata
10 March 2015 – Cultural Centre, Sparta
19 March 2015 – Ionian Academy, Corfu
22 March 2015 – “Vasileios Pyrsinellas” Hall, Ioannina
29 March 2015 – Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Grevena, Grevena
31 March 2015 – STAR Cinema Theatre, Veria
3 April 2015 – International Exhibition Centre, Kastoria
23 April 2015 – Municipal Theatre, Alexandroupoli
25 April 2015 – Music School Theatre, Drama
28 April 2015 – Aneton Theatre, Thessaloniki
7 May 2015 – Cultural Centre, Chania
9 May 2015 – Saint Mark’s Basilica, Heraklion
13 May 2015 – REX Cinema Theatre, Aghios Nikolaos
21 May 2015 – Papastratio Megaro, Agrinio
23 May 2015 – Cultural Centre, Preveza
28 May 2015 – Administration Hall, Livadia

Direction: Angela-Kleopatra Saroglou
Sets: Yorgos Kollios
Costumes: Alexia Theodoraki
Lights: Spyros Tzoras
Piano: Yiannis TsanakaliotisSofia TamvakopoulouDomna Chalari

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Don José: Yannis Christopoulos – Philippos Modinos – Dimitris Paksoglou – Dimitris Sigalos  
Escamillo/Morallès: Akis Laloussis – Arkadios Rakopoulos – Yannis Selitsaniotis – Dionyssis Tsantinis 
Zuniga/Le Dancaïre: Nikolaos Karagiaouris – Giorgos Mattheakakis – Costas Mavrogenis – Dionyssis Tsantinis 
Carmen: Kassandra Dimopoulou – Diamanti Kritsotaki – Marissia Papalexiou – Ines Zikou 
Micaëla/Frasquita: Antonia Kalogirou – Sofia Mitropoulou – Despina Skarlatou 
Mercédès: Eleni Davou – Athina Kastrinaki – Vicky Tsiliakou – Maria Vlachopoulou

1, 13, 15, 27 February 2015
1, 7, 10, 19, 22, 29, 31 March 2015
3, 23, 25, 28 April 2015
7, 9, 13, 21, 23, 28 May 2015

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