Dimitris Maragopulos, Elli Papakonstantinou Worldwide Premiere
A journey to the borders of new opera, cinematic opera and theatre.
Composer Dimitris Maragopulos in his sixth opera and director Elli Papakonstantinou meet on the stage of the Megaron in a performance that explores the eternal, secret relationship between life and death. Persephone, Demeter, Pluto and Hermes lead us to the crossroads of ancient myths, psychoanalysis, ecology and feminism. The poetic narrative unfolds in a visual environment where live video and opera interact and are thrillingly enriched in what the director calls a cinematic opera. Voices of the world from India, Mongolia, Tibet, Bali and the Mediterranean interweave with the voices of lyric singers and choristers, as well as otherworldly, emotionally charged electronic and instrumental sounds. An “other” account of life, starting with the abduction of the Daughter, and death not as a field of exclusion, but as a place of interaction with earthly life.
2023 Elefsis European Capital of Culture
Megaron the Athens Concert Hall
There will be additional performances at Cine Elefsis on 24 & 25/2/2024.
- Concept, Libretto, Direction
Video Art: Katerina Savvoglou – Elli Papakonstantinou
Stage Design: Loukia Martha
Costume Design: Fotini Georgiou
Lighting Design: Zois Loumakis
1st Assistant Director: Spyros Sourvinos
2nd Assistant Director: Rea Samaropoulou
3rd Assistant Director: Irini Petropoulou
Stage design assistants:
Dimitra: Savina Yannatou
Hermes: Alkiviadis Konstantopoulos
Persephone: Anna Anastasia Smerou
Pluto: Ilya Algaer
Young Persephone: Μaira Maniara
GraduArti Choir (Arsakeion – Tositseion School Graduates)
Music Group (youth choir of Arsakeion – Tositseion School)
- Choir Master
Christina Varsami – Koukni
- Choir Movement Director
- Sound Editor
- Editing, dubbing and mixing of electroacoustic musical media
Recording and editing of music text: Chryssa Foti
Technical Consultant: Andreas Mniestris, Ionian University Electroacoustic Musical Research and Applications Lab
Musical preparation, keyboards: Spiros Souladakis
Cello: Stella Tembreli
- Conducted by
- Promotional Material
Photographer: Αlex Kat
Trailer: Dimitris Palaiologos
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