A Violetta in Athens with Hollywood sparkle

American-born, lyric coloratura soprano Nadine Sierra is one of the brightest stars in today’s operatic firmament. Her glorious, sensuous vocal instrument – without hint of the dryness often present in this type of voice – is combined with considerable acting skills and looks to kill: a combination of Hollywood and the pages of Vogue.

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.

Charlotte | Athens | June 13

The operatic monodrama “Charlotte,” with music and libretto by emerging Greek composer Lina Zachari, debuts nationwide at the National Opera’s Alternative Stage at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center on June 13 and 15.

Prometheus Bound | Athens | June 12 – July 24

The Theater of the No (3 Konstantinou Paleologou) in Athens debuts “Prometheus Bound,” an opera featuring Greek composer Panagiotis Karousos’ music and libretto based on Aeschylus’ tragedy.

La Traviata | Athens | July 27-31

The Athens leg of the Athens Epidaurus Festival concludes with a star-studded performance of “La Traviata” at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street) from July 27 to 31.

Penelope | Athens | May 23

The Athens State Orchestra and Chorus of the City of Athens present “Penelope,” French composer Gabriel Faure’s only opera, for the first time in Greece.

Tosca | Athens | June 1-11

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” kicks off the festival season at the Herodes Atticus Odeon (Dionysiou Aeropagitou).

Medge | Athens | February 17

The opera “Medge,” created by the eminent Greek composer Spyros Samaras (1861-1917), is presented at the Olympia Municipal Music Theater (59 Akadimias) on February 17.

Carmen | Athens | February 7-25

The Greek National Opera (nationalopera.gr) presents a fresh interpretation of 19th-century French composer Georges Bizet’s world-famous work, with acclaimed Swedish dancer and choreographer Johan Inger creating a brand-new choreography for the popular four-act opera.

Big tales of envy, love, passison and murder

Acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias is taking the stage at the Greek National Opera with two roles that have already earned him rave reviews: Alfio in Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” and Tonio in Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.”

La Ville Morte | Athens | January 19-28

The Greek National Opera presents the Greek premiere of Nadia Boulanger’s opera “La Ville Morte” (The Dead City), being staged for only the third time in over a century.