Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
The first big summer production of the Greek National Opera at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in summer 2020 will be Giuseppe Verdi’s dark masterpiece Rigoletto.
Since 1851 when it was first presented in Venice until today Rigoletto has been applauded by thousands of spectators across the world and it has rightly been characterized as one of the most popular operas of all times. In Rigoletto, Verdi turns the page of his compositional trajectory and presents a work with a clear mark and an increased mood for experimentation, as the shifts between lyrical and dramatic scenes ensure the constant flow of the plot at a high speed.
It tells the story about the love of Gilda, daughter of the hunchback court jester Rigoletto, for the promiscuous Duke of Mantua, who presents himself to her as a poor student. In order to take revenge for his daughter’s lost honour, Rigoletto plans the Duke’s murder. When Gilda finds out her father’s plans, she decides to save her beloved one and sacrifice herself by taking his place. The Greek National Opera assigned the direction of Rigoletto to the unique Katerina Evangelatos, theatre director and one of the most promising voices of the young generation. After her first and very successful collaboration with the GNO on the contemporary opera Z, Evangelatos will tackle this great work of the operatic repertoire and through her own recognizable director’s identity she will attempt to shed light upon the controversial, dark personality of the character of Rigoletto.
After the two historic productions of Rigoletto, directed by the great Spyros Evangelatos (Olympia 1977 and Odeon of Herodes Atticus 2001), Katerina Evangelatos comes to put her own stamp on a work that has been linked with her family and not only with her father Spyros Evangelatos, but also with her grandfather, the top maestro Antiochos Evangelatos, who conducted Rigoletto for the GNO in 1956/57 and 1970/71.
Two celebrated protagonists of the GNO will star in the production. In the title role, the renowned Greek baritone with the great international career Dimitri Platanias and in the role of Gilda the celebrated Greek soprano Christina Poulitsi.
Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Director: Katerina Evangelatos
Sets: Eva Manidaki
Lighting: Eleftheria Deco
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Duke of Mantua: Matthew Polenzani
Rigoletto: Dimitri Platanias
Gilda: Christina Poulitsi
Sparafucile: Petros Magoulas
Maddalena: Elena Maximova
Giovanna: Violetta Lousta
Count Monterone: Yannis Selitsaniotis
Marullo: Nikos Kotenidis
Matteo Borsa: Christos Kechris
Count Cerpano: George Mattheakakis
Countess Cerpano: Diamanti Kritsotaki
Court Usher: Dionisos Tsantinis
A page: t.b.a.
With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Conductor: Philippe Auguin. Director: Katerina Evangelatos. In the title role, Dimitri Platanias and in the role of Gilda, Christina Poulitsi.
Ticket prices: 15€, 25€, 45€, 55€, 60€, 85€, 100€
Students, children: 15€