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music theatre

The Soccer Opera

Composed by Eleftherios Veniadis | Libretto by Gerhild Steinbuch

05/07 until 06/07/2021 at 21:00
Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.

What if you watched a 3×3 soccer match where opera singers served as football players? Elefterios Veniadis draws on his exciting childhood football memories for his new, highly original opera. Set pieces, penalty kicks, yellow cards, protests, goals: these are the ingredients of a startling libretto by Austrian writer Gerhild Steinbuch, directed into an opera by Sofia Simitzis. The performers/football players are joined on stage by the Ventus Ensemble and the Sonorae Youth Chorus of the “Maria Callas” Music School of Kalamata.

Music composition – Concept – Live commentator Eleftherios Veniadis

Directed by Sofia Simitzis

Original text – Libretto – Dramaturgy Gerhild Steinbuch

Translated by Maria Manti

Conductor Faidra Giannelou

Set and costume design Thomas Goerge

Lighting design Eliza Alexandropoulou

Video Dionysis Sidirokastritis

Movement Mikes Glykas, Konstantinos Papanikolaou

Accompaniment – Vocal coaching Beata Pincetić, Christos Sakellaridis

Sound engineer Panagiotis Paraskevaidis – AUX studio

Assistant to the director Giorgos Koutlis

Assistant to the set and costume designer Gina Iliopoulou

Performers Angeliki Zoe Karagkouni soprano, Ioannis Kalyvas tenor, Dionysis Tsantinis baritone Irini Tzanetoulakou contralto

Cast Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Mikes Glykas

Ventus Ensemble consisting of Dimitris Gkogas, Fanis Vernikos trumpets, Giannis Gounaris French horn, Spyros Vergis, trombone, Menelaos Moraitis tuba, George Boukaouris percussion

Sonoare Youth Chorus of the Maria Callas Kalamata Music School

Vocal coaching – Conductor Katerina Tsitsa

Co-production Chios Music Festival

Executive producers Chios Music Festival, Ioanna Valsamidou, Ifigenia Kondyli, Vicky Strataki

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