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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



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



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! 


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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, 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

Armonia Atenea

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


With the support of the Institut français in the context of the Hellas-France Alliance 2014.

Pic Nic- Operetta at Megaron Athens

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

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NEW CD: CLAUDE DEBUSSY: la musique ? moi

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


Recorded works

La fille aux cheveux de lin

Nuit d'étoiles

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

Golliwogg's cake-walk

Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison

Beau Soir



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

Rossini's Cenerentola

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 4:10 AM


Gioachino Rossini



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)


25, 26, 30 October 2013

1, 2, 3, 10, 13 November 2013


Olympia Theatre

Performances begin at 20.00


Set design - Lighting: Simon Corder

Costumes: Alexia Theodoraki

Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos



Don Ramiro:

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)

Don Magnifico:

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)


Cinderella (Angelina):

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)


New Season 2013-14

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!


Concerts in Greece and Turkey with the Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra

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.