|Posted on May 29, 2018 at 3:50 PM|
Company – S. Sondheim
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Musical – Company
Music by Stephen Sondheim, Libretto by George Furth
Co-production Athens Festival & Camerata Armonia Atenea
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Within the framework of the Athens Festival
PREMIERE 8 JULY 2018
8, 9 July 2018
Conductor/Director: George Petrou
Set: Paris Mexis
Costumes: Giorgina Germanou
Lighting: George Tellos
Choreography: John Todd
Translation: George Petrou
Musical preparation: Nikolas Laaris
Robert Tassis Christogiannis
Sarah Mary Ellen Nesi
Harry Haris Andrianos
Suzan Mirsini Margariti
Peter Dimitris Nalbantis
Jenny Eleni Stamidou
David Christos Kechris
Amy Anna Koutsaftiki
Paul Ioannis Kalyvas
Joanne Natalia Tsaliki
Larry Marios Sarantidis
April Katerina Papoutsaki
Marta Xenia Dania
Kathy Maria Kosmatou
After a string of hit musicals, (Kiss me Kate, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd), Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra returns to Athens Festival with Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, presented in Greece for the very first time. Company made its Broadway debut in 1970 and received six Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Lyrics, five Drama Desk Awards and one Theatre World Award. The main character is Bobby, a single man who has a hard time committing to a relationship. Bobby’s friends, five (seemingly happily) married couples decide to throw him a surprise birthday party. Through flashbacks and a number of hilarious and moving vignettes, Sondheim creates a provocative – and unusual by the standards of musical theatre – work on romantic/sexual relationships. Sondheim’s brilliant score and an orchestration impressive even by Broadway standards complete the picture. The music is a wink to Broadway clichés, underlining the musical’s brilliant dramaturgy. The performance will be directed by George Petrou, director of Armonia Atenea and a 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Opera Recording for Handel’s Ottone, performed with the Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra.
The Company – S. Sondheim
Μιούζικαλ, Η Παρέα
Μουσική, Stephen Sondheim
Λιμπρέτο, George Furth
Συμπαραγωγή: Φεστιβάλ Αθηνών & Επιδαύρου και Καμεράτα – Ορχήστρα των Φίλων της Μουσικής
Ωδείο Ηρώδου του Αττικού
Στο πλαίσιο του Φεστιβάλ Αθηνών και Επιδαύρου
ΠΡΕΜΙΕΡΑ 8 ΙΟΥΛΙΟΥ 2018
8, 9 Ιουλίου 2018
Μουσική διεύθυνση/Σκηνοθεσία: Γιώργος Πέτρου
Σκηνικά: Πάρης Μέξης
Κοστούμια: Γιωργίνα Γερμανού
Φωτισμοί: Γιώργος Τέλλος
Χορογραφίες: John Todd
Μετάφραση: Γιώργος Πέτρου
Μουσική προετοιμασία: Νικόλας Λαάρης
Robert Τάσης Χριστογιαννόπουλος
Sarah Μαίρη-Έλεν Νέζη
Harry Χάρης Ανδριανός
Suzan Μυρσίνη Μαργαρίτη
Peter Δημήτρης Ναλμπάντης
Jenny Ελένη Σταμίδου
David Χρήστος Κεχρής
Amy Άννα Κουτσαφτίκη
Paul Γιάννης Καλύβας
Joanne Ναταλίας Τσαλίκη
Larry Mάριος Σαραντίδης
April Κατερίνα Παπουτσάκη
Marta Ξένια Ντάνια
Kathy Μαρία Κοσμάτου
Μετά τη μεγάλη επιτυχία των προηγούμενων παραγωγών (Kiss me Kate, West Side Story και Sweeney Todd), η πολυσχιδής Καμεράτα και ο πολυβραβευμένος Γιώργος Πέτρου συναντούν το μεγάλο συμφωνικό μιούζικαλ στο πλαίσιο του Φεστιβάλ Αθηνών, αυτή τη φορά με το υπέροχο Company (H παρέα) του Στήβεν Σόντχαϊμ που παρουσιάστηκε πρώτη φορά στο Μπροντγουαίη το 1970. Βραβευμένο με έξι βραβεία Τόνυ (καλύτερου έργου, καλύτερης μουσικής», καλύτερου λιμπρέτου, καλύτερων στίχων κ.ά.), πέντε Drama Desk Awards και ένα Theatre World Award, το μιούζικαλ έχει κεντρικό ήρωα τον Μπόμπυ, έναν αμετανόητο εργένη που αδυνατεί να μείνει πιστός σε μία σχέση. Με αφορμή τα γενέθλιά του, η παρέα του, που αποτελείται από πέντε ζευγάρια σε ευτυχισμένες (φαινομενικά τουλάχιστον) σχέσεις, αποφασίζουν να του κάνουν ένα πάρτυ έκπληξη. Με μια σειρά φλας μπακ σε αυτοτελείς ξεκαρδιστικές αλλά και συγκινητικές βινιέτες, ο Σοντχάιμ δημιουργεί ένα τολμηρό έργο που θίγει με ασυνήθιστο τρόπο για το μουσικό θέατρο, τις σύγχρονες ερωτικές σχέσεις. Όλα αυτά πλαισιώνονται από την αριστουργηματική μουσική του Σοντχάιμ και μια συμφωνική ενορχήστρωση εντυπωσιακών διαστάσεων. Η περίπλοκη μουσική γλώσσα του κλείνει το μάτι στα κλισέ του Μπροντγουαίη, υπογραμμίζοντας με αριστοτεχνικό τρόπο την ευφυή δραματουργία του έργου. Ο επικεφαλής της ορχήστρας και σκηνοθέτης του μιούζικαλ Γιώργος Πέτρου ήταν υποψήφιος φέτος για βραβείο Grammy στην κατηγορία «Καλύτερη ηχογράφηση όπερας» για την ερμηνεία του στον Ottone του Χαίντελ με την ορχήστρα Il Pomo d’Οro.
|Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:10 AM|
The time for our premiere is approaching! Save the date: 26th of January at Wilminktheater Enschede and then the tour in Netherlands beginns!
Amazing cast, an always inspiring conductor and a great director are one of the few reasons that make me happy in these production!
Here you can enjoy some moments from the rehearsal at an aerly stage of the preparation!
|Posted on August 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM|
A very full season ended with the best way, a succesful debut at the wolrd's biggest music festival the BBC PROMS!
The concert was live broadcasted from BBC radio and you can hearit here http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b04cb63f, where it will be available for 4 weeks.
You can read the very enthusiastic reviews here:
Have a nice summer and stay tuned for the new season!!
|Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:30 AM|
On 2nd of August Myrsini will make her debut in the famous international music festival BBC PROMS with Armonia Atenea and George Petrou
The first Greek orchestra ever to appear at the Proms, Armonia Atenea is joined by its Artistic Director George Petrou to present a programme with an appropriately classical flavour. Greek myths form the thread through a Baroque labyrinth of arias and overtures from French, German and Italian operas, including Gluck’s Orphée, Handel’s Arianna in Creta and Lully’s Phaeton. Furies rage, sons defy their fathers and heroines bewail their fate in what promises to be a concert of high drama.
Myrsini Margariti soprano, Proms debut artist
Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
George Petrou conductor
|Posted on June 5, 2014 at 12:05 AM|
Conducted by George Petrou
Directed by Max-Emanuel Cenčić
Assistant Director Angela Saroglou
Set & Costume Design Bruno de Lavenère
Lighting Design David Debriney
Video Etienne Guiol
SIROE Antonio Giovannini
MEDARSE Mary-Ellen Nesi
LAODICE Myrsini Margariti
EMIRA Mina Polychronou
ARASSE Vassiliki Karayanni
COSROE Vasilis Kavayas
Love, intrigue and passions run rampant in the mythical court of Ancient Persia: With this dramma per musica, by Italy’s favourite Saxon, Johann Adolph Hasse, the Athens Festival celebrates the 150-year anniversary of the Ionian Islands’ union with Greece.
The popular libretto by Metastasio, on which a total of 32 composers have experimented – among them Handel – had nagged at Hasse for decades, and the Dresden version (1763), which was selected by George Petrou and the award-winning Armonia Atenea, was penned by the composer at his most mature phase. Celebrated countertenor Max-Emanuel Cenčić makes his international debut as director at the Athens Festival, with an impressive production that will also be presented on top stages across Europe and will be recorded by DECCA.
In Italian with Greek surtitles
Co-production I PARNASSUS ARTS PRODUCTION & CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES SPECTACLES
With the support of the Institut français in the context of the Hellas-France Alliance 2014.
|Posted on February 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM|
19-28 February 2014 , 20:00
22-23 February, 16:00 & 20:00
The Athens Concert Hall Organization
Musical and Educational Organization of Greece
The famous Hold me tight waltz and other wonderful melodies by Sakellaridis (a leading Greek operetta composer) bring to life all the carefree charm of the “Athenian Belle Époque”. The Armonia Atenea and George Petrou have once again delved into the archives to revive a forgotten masterpiece.
- Theofrastos Sakellaridis: “Picnic”
Director: Stathis Livathinos
Set & costume designer: Eleni Manolopoulou
Choreographer: Ersi Pitta
Lighting designer: Alekos Anastasiou
Dramaturgy: Elsa Adrianou
Myrsini Margariti, Irini Karaianni, Lydia Angelopoulou,
Dimitris Nalbantis, Haris Andrianos, Dimitris Imellos,
Anna Koutsaftiki, Stelios Iakovidis, Danae Saridaki etc
The City of Athens Choir
Chorus master: Stavros Beris
Armonia Atenea-The Friends of Music Orchestra
Conductor: George Petrou
|Posted on November 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM|
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: la musique à moi
Natalia Gerakis (flute), Myrsini Margariti (soprano), Dionyssis Mallouhos (piano)
Tassos Apostolou (bass), Mania Papadimitriou (recitation)
Released by: Utopia Records
Distributed by: Mikri Arktos
Recording: Spectrum Studio Athens, 10-15.09.13
Recording producer: Vangelis Katsoulis
La fille aux cheveux de lin
La flute de Pan (Syrinx)
Pour invoquer Pan dieu du vent d'été
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune
Pelléas & Mélisande
Reflets dans l'eau
Clair de Lune
Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison
The 150 years anniversary after Debussy's birth (1862-1918), was the occasion to turn a long-lasting confrontation with his music into a musical-theatrical performance. Debussy's music which, upon listening, would colour my childhood imagination, remained the most familiar and loved, however many new musical experiences were added to it.
Another opportunity, that of the customary Christmas Concert at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, gave the images, the emotions and several years of study the chance to be expressed on stage. Not, however, with yet another Debussy concert, but with a dramatised musical story, which tried to recount the composer's diversity, his music's sensitivities, his relationship with impressionist painters and symbolic poets, his tempestuous friendships and affairs, the love for his young daughter.
What makes Debussy special? He searched for inspiration outside music itself, in dreams and impressions.“It would be good to see music...” he used to say characteristically, revealing his passion for colour and his visual approach to a form of art based mainly on sounds. He used innovative rhythm, harmony and orchestration, making him the first “modern” composer. He never compromised in order to secure a position in Parisian musical life, but put all his energy trying to find his own, authentic voice, his own Μusique à moi
|Posted on October 22, 2013 at 4:10 AM|
Conductors: George Petrou (25, 26, 30/10, 1, 3, 10, 13/11)
Konstantinos Diminakis (2/11)
Director: Rodula Gaitanou
Myrsini Margariti as Clorinda (25/10, 2/11)
PREMIERE 25 OCTOBER 2013
25, 26, 30 October 2013
1, 2, 3, 10, 13 November 2013
Performances begin at 20.00
Set design - Lighting: Simon Corder
Costumes: Alexia Theodoraki
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Antonis (Αnthony) Koroneos (25, 30/10, 2, 10, 13/11)
Vassilis Kavayas (26/10, 1, 3/11)
David Menendez (25, 30/10, 2/11)
Haris Andrianos (26/10, 1, 3, 10, 13/11)
Carlos Esquivez (25, 30/10, 2/11)
Dimitris Kassioumis (26/10, 1, 3, 10, 13/11)
Myrsini Margariti (25/10, 2/11)
Elpiniki Zervou (26/10, 1, 3/11)
Georgia Eliopoulos (30/10, 10,13/11)
Eleni Davou (25/10, 2/11)
Angelica Cathariou (26/10, 1, 3/11)
Eleni Voudouraki (30/10, 10, 13/11)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (25, 30/10, 10/11)
Irini Karaianni(26/10, 1, 3/11)
Artemis Bogri (2, 13/11)
Petros Magoulas (25, 30/10, 2, 10/11)
Tassos Apostolou (26/10, 1, 3, 13/11)
|Posted on September 29, 2013 at 5:35 AM|
After a beautiful, warm and relaxing vacation the new season began allready with a very special and honouring event for me. The Greek National Opera invited me to sing in the concerts in Honour of the greatest of all singers, Maria Callas, on 15th of September at Kotzia Square Athens. This was really a tremendous honour for me.
September finishes with the end of the recording of my new CD which will be released in December. Last year's very succesfull performance about the life of Claude Debussy will be on CD, where i have the pleasure to sing some of the most famous songs of the composer, such as "Beau soir' , as well as excertps of one of my dream roles, that of Mélisande.
The rehearsals for Rossini's Cenerentola have begun and i have to admit that i really enjoy to play the bad sister for once, and not as usual the sweet, handsome girl!! So this time i will be bad under the direction of Rodoula Gaitanou and musical direction of internationally renowned George Petrou.
Many Concerts follow: C-Moll Messe, Oratorio de Noel, Johannes Passion and more, in Athens, Brussels, Thessaloniki a.o. with great orchestras such as Armonia Atenea and Thessaloniki State Orchestra.
And o fcourse i wll not avoid the "sweet girl" roles: Zerlina once more in GNO, in the famous "suitcase opera" that goes around Greece, giving the opportunity to everyone in Greece to enjoy opera. A greek Operetta follow at the Athens Megaron, "Pic nic" of Th. Sakellaridis, with Armonia Atenea under George Petrou again.
Teaching also started of course! As last year, i will teach in Kodaly Conservatory and Conservatory of Classical and Contemporary Music where i will take over the Opera Studio.
And that is the beginning! Just stay tuned!
Have a very creative Season!
|Posted on July 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM|
The Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra (GTYO), composed of 50 talented young Greek and Turkish musicians and now in its sixth successful year, will perform under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs two major concerts in Greece and in Turkey in July 2013.
The GTYO will host the highly praised Greek Soprano, Myrsini Margariti known for her agile and youthful voice. She will sing alongside the orchestra in the Homerio theater in the island of Chios and at the fortress of Sigacik in Seferihisar.The musical director for the two concerts will be the much acclaimed Turkish Maestro, Cem Mansur.
The Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra will perform on the following dates:
30 July, Chios at the Homirion concert hall
31 July, Seferihisar at the the Ancient City of Teos
“The orchestra aims to unite different musicians under the belief of friendship, harmony and music as a common language” said Leni Konialidis, president of the Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra.
The Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra was created by Mrs. Leni Konialidis, a dedicated music lover following a collaboration with the the University of Bilkent in Ankara. The orchestra was created in the summer of 2008 and performed in Turkey (Ankara and Istanbul) and in Greece (Athens: Odeon of Herodes Atticus; Patras: Roman Theatre). In the summer of 2009 Greek and Turkish musicians reunited once again with violinist Ilya Gringolts. The orchestra performed in Athens at The American College, in Katerini where it performed at the Dion Theater and in Kavala.
On September 3, 2010, the Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra gave an unprecedented –free of charge- concert in the atrium of the Acropolis museum. The next day the orchestra travelled to Nafplion where it performed the same programme on the Arvanitias square.
In August 2011 the Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra gave a unique performance at the ancient fortress of Sigacik in Seferehisar. In September 2011 the GTYO performed in the frame of the famous Dimitra Festival in Thessaloniki. In 2012 the orchestra was hosted by Turkey in Cesme and Seferihisar.