PersephoneDimitris Maragopulos, Elli Papakonstantinou - Megaron Athens Concert Hall

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Dimitris Maragopulos, Elli Papakonstantinou

Persephone
Dimitris Maragopulos, Elli Papakonstantinou Worldwide Premiere

2024.01.31_Geniki Dokimi-Persefoni©alexkat33

Overview

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.

 

Co-production:

2023 Elefsis European Capital of Culture

Megaron the Athens Concert Hall

 

There will be additional performances at Cine Elefsis on 24 & 25/2/2024.

Credits

Composer

Dimitris Maragopulos

 

 

 

Concept, Libretto, Direction

Elli Papakonstantinou

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:
Nina Panou
Daphne Papathymiopoulou
Nada Abtrambo
Iro Livaditi
Dimitris Kontogiorgos 

Cast

Dimitra: Savina Yannatou

Hermes: Alkiviadis Konstantopoulos

Persephone: Anna Anastasia Smerou

Pluto: Ilya Algaer

Young Persephone: Μaira Maniara

Choirs

GraduArti Choir (Arsakeion – Tositseion School Graduates)

Music Group (youth choir of Arsakeion – Tositseion School)

 

 

Choir Master

Christina Varsami – Koukni

Choir Movement Director

Aimilia Tsami

Sound Editor

Brian Coon

Editing, dubbing and mixing of electroacoustic musical media

Zorzes Katris

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

Dimitris Ktistakis

Promotional Material

Photographer: Αlex Kat

Trailer: Dimitris Palaiologos

Photos

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