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Carmen at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater

Carmen by Georges Bizet, the most popular opera in the French repertoire is being brought back to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater, directed by the famous British director, Steven Langridge (27, 28, 29, 31 July).

Langridge’s Carmen was first staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater in 2016 and is a contemporary, pointed, timely version set in a Europe of closed borders and poverty. Working with Giorgos Souglidis who designed the impressive sets and costumes, Giuseppe di Iorio who created the otherworldly lighting and Thomas Bergman who devised the ethereal video projections, Langridge has created a modern but also timeless setting for Carmen’s tale; “a tale about borders and poverty, freedom and slavery. A tale about today,” as the director himself put it.

One of the most iconic operas around, Carmen continues to provoke even today, just like when it first saw the light of day 142 years ago. An unconventional storyline, expressed through the then equally unconventional, but now extremely popular, music of Georges Bizet. The heroine of the piece defends her freedom and right to choose her lovers, not for them to choose her. She is a threat to male-dominated, patriarchal societies. Her choices threaten their very foundations. The only solution: get rid of her. The love-struck, ‘betrayed’ Don José takes on the task.

With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus, Soloists, Ballet and Children’s Chorus, as part of its educational mission.

In French with Greek and English surtitles.

For more information, please visit the Greek National Opera official site.

Carmen at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater

27/07/2018 - 31/07/2018

Hours - Comments
Odeon of Herodes Atticus 27, 28, 29, 31 July 2018 Starts at 21.00 As part of the Athens Festival.

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