The Alternative Stage, the small stage of the National Opera, first visits Little Epidaurus to give the spotlight of its activity, presenting three emblematic works of musical theater of Greek composers of the avant-garde, inspired by ancient myths. After the historical performances of 1960 and 1961, starring Maria Callas as Norma and Medea, the National Opera touches again for the first time the sacred place of the theater.In this first presence of the Alternative Stage in Little Epidaurus, the acclaimed director Ektoras Ligizos, who has twice presented his work in Epidaurus, the upcoming archbishop George Ziavras, with significant international successes, as well as important performers, such as Yannis Stankoğlou, his first encounter with the contemporary music theater, and the protagonists of the National Opera, Dionysis Sourbis and Myrsini Margariti. The Director of the Alternative Stage of ELS, Alexandros Euclidis, is the director of the first two projects. The Ergon ensemble, one of the most prestigious ensembles of modern music, has a significant presence in Greece and abroad. The demanding score of the percussion instruments in Kassandra is performed by the leading musician of the ELS Orchestra, Marinos Tranoudakis.Cassandra by Iannis XenakisDirected by Alexandros EuclidisSoloist: Dionysis Sourbis (baritone), Marinos Tranoudakis (percussion)Oresteia of Xenakis was created in 1966 and was completed in 1987 with the addition of the Cassandra scene.
This is not an accurate transcription of Aeschylus' tragedy, but an idiosyncratic reaction to the poetic power of the work and perhaps the fruit of the composer's deep relationship to antiquity. Cassandra is the only case (along with the Athena monologue, also written for the baritone Spyros Sakkas) that Xenakis returned to an earlier work to complete it. In fact, this is a study on the preface of the ancient text, which Xenakis uses as fanaticism as the basis of his synthesis, exhaling the singer to extreme vocal acrobatics, accompanied only by solistic percussions and a psaltery (a twenty-hour night instrument played by the baritone).
Reproduction I: The baritone of Yiannis ChristouDirected by Alexandros EuclidisWith Yannis StankoğlouThe work was written in 1968. The text of Baryton is verses 1-7 of the tragedy of Aeschylus Agamemnon. He begins with an exhausted and restless guard, who is waiting for a year on the roof of the palace in Argos a sign that will mark the fall of Troy in the hands of the Achaeans. The goal is not to accurately depict the soloist the guard, nor to move to the scene of the tragedy. The text is mostly used as a vehicle, with the soloist striving to blur the words as if they had magical qualities. Correspondingly, the ensemble does not accompany him, but he actively participates in the ritual.It is the day ... of George Koumendakis
Direction: Hector LygizosWith them: Dionysis Sourbis (Blind Eyes), Myrsini Margariti (Fine Helen)Musical theater of the avant-garde and ancient mythsWorks by Xenakis, Christos,
KoumentakiMusic address: Giorgos Ziavras
Stage-costumes: Petros Touloudis
Lighting: Dimitris Kasimatis
Participates in the Ergon ensemble
Production: Alternative Stage of the ELS
Production address: Manolis Sardis
Contact Person: Vai MahmountesProduction
Execution: Lila Karangelou, Stavroula Baroutsa, Marianna Tzani
Stage guides: Alexis Zervanos, Vicky KalaitzidouFounder of ELS Alternative Stage Foundation Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
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