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  • Athens Calendar of Events
  • Athens Calendar of Events
  • Athens Calendar of Events

ATHENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Electra, by Euripides (through 26 September)

The Circle of Ancient Drama, a new annual event dedicated to ancient drama, which will present high-quality productions during the summer months in Athens, directed by the most important Greek theatrical directors and featuring leading actors, opens this year with Electra. The event seeks to introduce visitors and theatregoers of the city to the myths, history, ideals and spirit of Ancient Greece, with productions presented in Greek accompanied by foreign language surtitles. Marina Aslanoglou in the title role of Electra, directed by Spyros Evangelatos.

Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides (7 & 8 July)

Thomas Moschopoulos returns to Epidaurus with one of the most popular plays in antiquity, which, however, does not possess the characteristics that would easily classify it as a tragedy. “Written at a particularly challenging period for the Republic of Athens, it could be described as an offering of hope and tender consolation on the part of Euripides.” It is a masterfully constructed play, filled with lyricism, which became a point of reference for the subsequent European humanist tradition and the Enlightenment. The production stars Amalia Moutousi, Yiorgos Chryssostomou and Anna Kalaitzidou, with music by Kornilios Selamsis.

The Charm of the Voice - Athens State Orchestra (2 September)

With a lyrical and light disposition, the Athens State Orchestra presents extracts from treasured operas and operettas by Beethoven, Weber, Lechár, Verdi and other composers. The vocal parts will be sung by German soprano Karen Leiber, who has performed in many renowned opera houses of Europe, and has made distinguished appearances in popular roles from both the classical and modern operatic repertoire. Why not indulge in the charm of the lyrical voice and enjoy the beauty of classic opera while sitting on the grass of the Athens Concert Hall Garden, with the lights of the city as a backdrop…

Breakin’ Mozart (4 September)

World champion breakdancing crew DDC, award-winning musician Echo, conductor and opera director Christoph Hagel, and soprano Anna Krauja join forces and overturn the stereotypes of classical music and breakdancing. Young dancers rise to the challenge of Mozart and combine breakdancing and with the music of the child prodigy from Vienna for the first time in history. The works of Mozart are heard in the production in an entirely new way, played live on the piano by Christoph Hagel, and in orchestral versions with hip-hop remixes and loud techno beats.

Yiorgos Gounaropoulos and the Poetry of Symbolism (from 16 September)

The Theocharakis Foundation is pleased to present over 150 oil paintings and drawings by renowned painter Yiorgos Gounaropoulos, who was one of the pioneers of modernism in Greece. The artist, whose momentous body of work contributed to the evolution of art, embarked on his great artistic career, with an exhibition at the Vavin-Raspail Gallery that surprised critics and artists alike. The artist known as Gounaro, the name with which he signed his work, began to establish his position in the art world.

Alkinoos Ioannidis (18 September)

Beloved songwriter Alkinoos Ioannis visits the Athens Concert Hall Garden and lights up an autumn evening with a concert featuring old favourites and new orchestrations with only acoustic string instruments. A starring role is played by an unusual string quartet in these original orchestrations, where the bouzouki, which Ioannidis uses for the first time in his compositions, takes the place of the violin.

Mamma Mia (8-18 October)

A delightful story of love, laughter and friendship, set on an idyllic Greek island to the timeless and beloved music of ABBA, featuring songs including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Money Money Money, The Winner Takes it All, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Super Trouper, Knowing Me Knowing You, SOS and many more. Mamma Mia has found unprecedented success in over 440 cities, 49 productions, in 17 different languages, and has broken all sales records with over 54 million tickets sold worldwide. It is in its 17th year in the West End of London, and is the 8th longest running show on Broadway.

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