GNO inaugurates the season with last year’s successful ‘Nabucco’

The Greek National Opera is inaugurating the 2007/08 season with last-year’s successful production of Verdi’s «Nabucco,» to be performed on October 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 15 and 27, though this year’s performance has a new cast. The production, however, still bears the mark of Julia Pevzner, a Russian-born director who immigrated to Israel in 1991, and who received rave reviews for her modern take on the classic opera last year. In Verdi’s biblical tale, Pevzner invokes moments from modern history, such as Nazi Germany and the searchlights of East Berlin in the late 1980s. Pevzner debuted at the Dallas Opera with a production of «The Queen of Spades» in 2003, and her European debut was with «Der Rheingold» and «Die Walkure» later in 2003 at the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg, followed by a staging at the Israeli Opera of «Half a Moon Tale» in 2004. She has taken a special interest in new opera and musical theater works, fringe theater and innovative productions. She has staged a number of new Israeli operas. Her recent work includes «La serva padrona» and «Der Schauspieldirektor» in Israel, «Letters to Orpheus» – a poetic musical theater – in Georgia, «Boris Godunov» at the Houston Grand Opera and others. Future projects include «Eugene Onegin» and «Jenufa» at the Virginia Opera and «The Seven Deadly Sins» at the Helikon Opera in Moscow. The music for the GNO production is conducted by Ilias Voudouris and the choir by Nikos Vassileiou. Sets have been designed by Antonis Daglidis, costumes by Tota Pritsa and the lighting is by Lefteris Pavlopoulos. The choreography is by Petros Gallias. For ticket information, see «Venues».