September 30, 2021
Greek National Opera Announces Fall 2021 Programming for the Alternative Stage, the Company’s Contemporary Music Venue at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Highlights are five world premieres including a new work by Greek-American composer George Tsontakis, three new productions streamed via GNO TV, and performances celebrating the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, such as Mikis Theodorakis’ song cycle Asikiko Poulaki, presented as part of a three-year performance series in remembrance of the late composer

ATHENS, GREECE (SEPTEMBER 30, 2021) — The Greek National Opera (GNO) announces the return of its fall programming (October, November, December) for the Alternative Stage, the company’s state-of-the-art performance venue dedicated to new music, experimentation, and creative dialogue between emerging and more established composers and theater artists. Housed at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the Alternative Stage presents fourteen distinct productions and concert programs this fall, the majority of which celebrate 200 years since Greece declared its independence as a sovereign nation. The fall season is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach and also to create a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.

Among these bicentennial events are performances of Mikis Theodorakis’ song cycle Asikiko Poulaki, presented as part of a three-year performance series in remembrance of the internationally renowned composer, who scored Zorba the Greek and Serpico, among other films, over the course of an illustrious career writing for the concert hall, opera house, ballet stage, and more. The fall season also features five world premieres, including a new commission from Grawemeyer Award-winning American composer of Greek descent George Tsontakis, who also leads a masterclass for young composers.

Three new Alternative Stage productions, two of which are world premieres, are streamed this fall on GNO TV, a high-quality digital platform aimed at attracting audiences worldwide to Greek music for the concert hall and stage.

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