CULTURE

National Opera stages ‘La Traviata’

It’s been a rough ride for the Greek National Opera, which has been under heavy financial strain in recent years and as a result witnessed the departure of the president of its board of directors last year. But the show must go on and the company is struggling along. This season, among other productions, opera lovers will surely be looking forward to Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved «La Traviata,» which opens at the Olympia Theater on Friday and runs January 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28, features Nikos Petropoulos as director as well as sets and costumes designer. Conducting the company’s orchestra will be National Opera artistic director Giovanni Pacor and Myron Michailidis. The cast is led by Maria Mitsopoulou, Vassiliki Karagianni, Martha Arapi and Mina Polychronou alternating as Violetta. Stefan Pop, Antonis Koroneos, Stamatis Beris and Yiannis Christopoulos take turns as Alfredo, while Pavlos Sampsakis and Christos Amvrazis alternate as the Baron. Verdi’s opera is based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel «The Lady of the Camellias.» The company is currently also presenting Kostas Giannidis’s operetta «The Lovebacillus,» at the Acropol Theater. Olympia Theater, 59-61 Academias, tel 210.361.2461