Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
Football: the most popular sport in the world. We all have childhood and teenage memories from football matches between kids in the neighbourhood and rival schools or matches in squares and local fields. Elefterios Veniadis draws on his own exciting football memories for his new, highly original opera.
What if you watched a 3x3 soccer match where opera singers and dancers served as players, with two rival choirs as fans, chanting demanding polyphonic songs in place of mottos? And what if the sportscaster stopped commenting on the game and started providing political commentary on world news instead? Set pieces, penalty kicks, yellow cards, protests, goals, missed opportunities, offside, extra time: these are the ingredients of this unexpected libretto by Austrian writer Gerhild Steinbuch, directed into an opera by Sofia Simitzis. The performers are joined on stage by the Ventus Ensemble and Kalamata’s Sonorae youth choir.
Music composition - Concept - Live commentator: Eleftherios Veniadis
Directed by Sofia Simitzis
Original text - Book - Dramaturgy: Gerhild Steinbuch
Translated by Maria Manti
Conductor: Nicolas Kuhn
Set and costume design: Thomas Goerge
Movement: Konstantinos Papanikolaou
Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Video: Dionysis Sidirokastritis
Accompaniment - Vocal coaching: George Boukaouris
Sound engineer: Panagiotis Paraskevaidis - aux studio
Assistant to the composer and director: George Koutlis
assia Zacharopoulou soprano, Dionysis Tsantinis baritone Ioannis Kalyvas tenor.
Dancers: Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Mikes Glykas.
imitris Gkogas, Fanis Vernikos trumpets, Giannis Gounaris French horn, Spyros Vergis, trombone, Menelaos Moraitis tuba, George Boukaouris percussion.
Sonorae youth choir of the Maria Callas Music School of Kalamata / Chorus master - Conductor Katerina Tsitsa
Co-production: Chios Music Festival
Executive producers: Chios Music Festival, Ioanna Valsamidou, Ifigenia Kondyli, Vicky Strataki.
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Elefterios Veniadis draws on his own exciting football memories for his new, highly original opera.
To be announced.