The Greek National Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s grand opera with ballet is part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the great Italian composer’s birth. Inspired by the 1282 rebellion after which the opera is named and the events that were unfolding in his homeland at the time, Verdi penned the revolutionary opera I vespri siciliani in 1854, endowing it with dynamic melodies, wonderful chorales, beautiful arias and ethereal ballet music.
In his interpretation of the piece, the GNO Ballet Director Renato Zanella has focused on its revolutionary fervour, on the concept of homeland, on violence, and also on the strong emotions that are conveyed by the music. He has also made inventive use of the ballet to shed light on the nuances and parallel plots that unfold in the opera. The minimalist yet imposing sets designed by Alessandro Camera are inspired by the aesthetic of Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical paintings (Pittura metafisica), while the costumes by Carla Ricotti and the sensitive lighting designed by Zanella underscore the revolutionary character of the piece.
The GNO Orchestra, conducted by Myron Michailidis, gave outstanding performances, while the choir, under the direction of Agathangelos Georgakatos received accolades for its delivery.
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|Dates: 14/04/2013, 16/04/2013, 18/04/2013. Place: Athens Venue: Athens Concert Hall (Alexandra Trianti Hall), Vas. Sofias ave. & Kokkali str. Start. T.: 20:00|