A parody, an opera, a new wolf

An opera-parody by Haralambos Gogios, titled «Little Red Riding Hood and the (Good) Wolf,» with texts by Giorgos Filias, opened recently at the Roes Theater. The opera is a production by the Beggars’ Operas company. The work was first staged by the Experimental Music Ensemble and the Commedia theater company in 1998 at the Polytechno Theater. The current, entirely new, mise-en-scene bears the signature of director Marianna Kalbari, while the sets and costumes have been designed by Constantinos Zamanis. Six musicians from the Orchestra of Colors are participating, under the baton of distinguished new conductor Vassilis Christopoulos. «Little Red Riding Hood and the (Good) Wolf» is a clever reversal of the well-known fairy tale and is aimed at a grown-up audience. The plot mainly evolves around men’s judgment, particularly the difficulty with which modern man manages to (or fails to) compromise his behavior with the male stereotypes imposed by tradition, our times and women’s expectations. At the same time, the opera-parody tries to combine this theme with an original criticism of operas as a genre, and the kind of expectations they create. Roes Theater, 16 Iakhou, Gazi, tel 210.347. 4312. Performances scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday and February 21, 23, 25 and 27.

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