ΠΕΡΣΕΦΟΝΗ/PERSEFONE

Co-produced by
2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture
MEGARON The Athens Concert Hall
ΠΕΡΣΕΦΟΝΗ/ PERSEPHONE: A journey between new opera, cinematic opera and theatre

In her new creation, director Elli Papakonstantinou and composer Dimitris Maragopoulos, meet to explore the secret routes of life and death. Also, signing the libretto of the piece, Papakonstantinou gives an ecofeminist take on the classical myth of Persephone and the circle of life that is approached anew from the perspective of the girl (“kore” in Greek).

A journey between new opera, cinematic opera and theatre this is a visual environment, where live video and opera interact in what the director calls “cinematic opera”. Voices of the world from India, Mongolia, Tibet and the Mediterranean, electronic soundscapes, lyric singers, and two choirs of 100 adolescents and 20 kids mark the musical piece.

Credits

Concept,  Libretto, Direction:  Elli Papakonstantinou

Composer:  Dimitris Maragopulos

Cast

Dimitra: Savina Yannatou

Hermes: Alkiviadis Konstantopoulos

Persephone: Anna Anastasia Smerou

Pluto: Ilya Algaer

Young Persephone: Μaira Maniara

Choirs

GraduArti Choir (Arsakeion – Tositseion School Graduates)

Music Group (youth choir of Arsakeion – Tositseion School)

Choir Master: Christina Varsami – Koukni

Choir Movement Director: Aimilia Tsami

Video Art: Katerina Savvoglou – Elli Papakonstantinou

Stage Design: Loukia Martha

Costume Design: Fotini Georgiou

Lighting Design: Zois Loumakis

1st Assistant Director: Spyros Sourvinos

2nd Assistant Director: Rea Samaropoulou

3rd Assistant Director: Irini Petropoulou

Stage design assistants: Nina Panou, Daphne Papathymiopoulou, Nada Abtrambo, Iro Livaditi, Dimitris Kontogiorgos

Editing, dubbing and mixing of electroacoustic musical media: Zorzes Katris

Sound Editor: Brian Coon

Recording and editing of music text: Chryssa Foti

Technical Consultant: Andreas Mniestris, Ionian University Electroacoustic Musical Research and Applications Lab

Musical preparation, keyboards: Spiros Souladakis

Cello: Stella Tembreli

Conducted by Dimitris Ktistakis

Promotional Material

Photographer: Αlex Kat

Trailer: Dimitris Palaiologos

 

 

 Co- produced by 

Megaron The Athens Concert Hall 

&

2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture

 

Performances

PREMIERE 2024 Megaron The Athens Concert Hall (ATHENS, GR) 1.02.2024 

Eleusis – European Capital of Culture (ELEFSINA, GR) 24 & 25.02.2024 

 
 

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