Rossini’s ‘Siege of Corinth’ on site with the National Opera

The imposing fortress of Acrocorinth forms the backdrop to the theater where Rossini’s epic opera «The Siege of Corinth» is to be performed on June 21 and 23. The 2,500-seat theater has been erected just 200 meters from the old city, where the opera is set. «This is not just the first time but may also be the last that ‘The Siege of Corinth’ is staged in its natural setting,» National Opera Director Loukas Karytinos told journalists visiting the theater recently. The stage, the audience seating and the orchestra pit are all ready, while the scenery is still under construction. Director Nikos Petropoulos, who is also in charge of set and costume design, displayed the partial set, including a model of Corinth, which is destroyed in dramatic fashion during the finale of the opera. Tickets for the production, which is a joint effort by the National Opera and the Cultural Olympiad, are already on sale at the National Opera and special buses will be provided to transport theater-goers. Also to be performed in their original settings, are two more productions in the same series: «Idomeneo» and «Ariadne in Naxos.» Turnover was 66.45 million euros on volume of 12.7 million shares. Winners beat losers 171 to 116 while 65 shares were unchanged on 352 traded. (Reuters)

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