November 16, 2021
Greek National Opera Presents Giorgos Koumendakis’ "The Murderess" December 3, 5, 28, & 30

Production Reconfigured for Performances in Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Libretto by Yannis Svolos, based on Alexandros Papadiamantis’ novella of the same name widely considered to be a masterpiece of modern Greek literature

Directed by Alexandros Efklidis; conducted by Vassilis Christopoulos; and featuring Canadian-Greek mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi in the title role

ATHENS, GREECE (NOVEMBER 16, 2021) — The Greek National Opera (GNO) will present a reprisal of its celebrated production of The Murderess by composer and GNO Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis for four performances December 3, 5, 28, and 30. The December dates will mark the production’s first performances in the GNO’s Renzo Piano-designed opera house, Stavros Niarchos Hall, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The production—revived and reconfigured for the new opera hall—is directed by Alexandros Efklidis. Vassilis Christopoulos conducts the GNO orchestra with Canadian-Greek mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi making her role debut as Frangoyannoù, the titular “murderess.” The production also features four choral ensembles: a male and female chorus, children’s chorus, and a polyphonic ensemble of four women. Premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim and box office success, The Murderess has been heralded as a landmark work in Greece’s contemporary music landscape. The libretto by Yannis Svolos is based on the internationally renowned novella by the revered Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911). The Murderess is particularly recognized as an example of the author’s sharp social commentary of the time. The Murderess is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

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