CULTURE

Athens Opera Studio set to debut

The debut performance of the Athens Opera Studio, scheduled for April 14, is a major event expected to thrill classical music lovers in Greece. The performance, which will take place at the capital’s Olympia Theater (59 Academias), will feature students enrolled in the new one-year program at the National Opera. Essentially, the performance will be an opportunity to showcase the results of this new experimental study program in an evening dedicated to scenes from 20th-century operas. The Athens Opera Studio was established in order to nurture a new generation of professional artists and contribute to the high-level training of interpreters in a highly demanding field. The program brings together experienced professors and choir leaders with established maestros and directors, all of whom are guiding the students in operatic roles. Composer and music professor Nikos Vassiliou and male soprano Aris Christofellis are in charge of the educational program, while Anastasia Varelli is directing the upcoming performance, titled «Scenes from 20th-Century Operas.» The performance, admission to which is free, includes works by Sergei Prokofiev, Franz Schreker, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Hans Werner Henze, Benjamin Britten and Aribert Reimann. Besides the live stage performance, the Athens Opera Studio program of events further includes a series of seminars and lectures. Topics include stylistic analysis and the historical context of music material as well as an anatomical exploration of the vocal organ. For more information, call 210.361.2461.