National Opera seeking to break stereotypes

National Opera seeking to break stereotypes

The Greek National Opera has presented its program for 2024-25, which will include a series of new and older productions that, according to its artistic director, Giorgos Koumendakis, attempt to break with stereotypes and conservatism, while at the same time showing extroversion. ‘With an eye to the future, with the opera of the 21st century as a guide, we want with the 2024-2025 season of the National Opera to open discussions, to propose new paths, to break the established relations with everything old and conservative and to focus our attention on the pressing issues of the day,’ Koumendakis said during a press conference on Monday in the National Opera’s Stavros Niarchos hall. He also noted that the average age of viewers in recent years attending shows has dropped dramatically, from 60-65 to 35-40. ‘We are gaining a dynamic and at the same time demanding audience,’ he added. The National Opera will also be supported by a new two-year outreach grant of €11 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). [Dimitris Sakalakis]

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