Greeks come bearing post-Covid festival

Greeks come bearing post-Covid festival


norman lebrecht

June 29, 2020

press release:

This summer the Greek National Opera presents a series of events at archaeological sites all over Greece. In response to the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports to make use of the archaeological sites across the country during the summer, the Greek National Opera has spearheaded this exciting initiative All of Greece, One culture with a series of events highlighting its multifaceted artistic mark, curated by Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis.

From 18 July to 15 September 20 different music, opera, operetta, and dance programmes and tributes will visit 70 archaeological sites, for a total of 111 performances. Under the unprecedented conditions we are all facing, the events will mark a return to the relationship between artists and audience, and will be held in compliance with the instructions and official guidelines of the authorities.

On 18 July 2020 the Greek National Opera is back, launching the summer-long national festival from the Ministry of Culture and Sports celebrating arts and culture at archaeological sites around Greece – “All of Greece, One culture”.

The festival launches with a symbolic concert starring one of the most distinguished mezzo-sopranos of our time, Anita Rachvelishvili, at the exceptional archaeological site at the foot of the Acropolis, the Roman Agora. This unique operatic experience will be streamed live around the world.

In these 20 programmes curated by the GNO, emphasis is given to creation of Greek music, from traditional songs to sophisticated music, including selections from opera and classical music that remain staples in the GNO repertory, and in addition a dance repertoire by the members of the GNO Ballet.



  • DG says:

    Anita Rachvelishvili live from the Acropolis, on livestream? Sign me up!

  • E. says:

    This will be glorious — the most beautiful site for
    theater and music.