MEDEA

Greek National Opera, May 2019

Opera by Nikos Kypourgos

Based on Bost’s satirical Medea, Nikos Kypourgos’ operetta was presented as part of the Summer Nostos Festival 2019. The composer’s goal was to give a new dimension to Bost’s satirical style and unique humor through his music.

Chórεs has the role of the chorus similar to the one  in ancient Greek tragedy. The composer’s aim is for the choir to play this role to an extreme degree, as the music pretends to reenact  Euripides’ choruses.

From antiquity through to modern times, comedy is used as a means to unite. In this operetta is staged in an odd square full of new sounds and old costumes. The ancient myth is recycled and is empowered in the process. In this operetta Bost’s iambic 15-syllable verse is ideal in expressing the lightness of morality.

Libretto
Nikos Kypourgos, Lena Kitsopoulou, based on Bost’s Medea

Conductor
Elias Voudouris

Director
Yannis Skourletis / bijoux de kant

Sets – Costumes
Konstantinos Skourletis / bijoux de kant

Movement
Angelos Apostolidis (Fuerza Negra)

Lighting
George Tellos, Evgenios Tzafestas

Chorus master
Agathangelos Georgakatos

Children’s chorus mistress
Konstantina Pitsiakou

Chórεs vocal ensemble mistress
Marina Satti

Nurse
Petros Salatas

Nun
Marissia Papalexiou

Monk
Dimitris Paksoglou

Mother
Lydia Angelopoulou

Priest Ι –  Merchant
Vassilis Dimakopoulos  

Fisherman
Yannis Kavouras

Medea
Julia Souglakou

Medea’s translator
Vassilis Dimakopoulos  

Euripides
Stamatis Pakakis

Euripides’ translator
Dionyssis Meloyannidis

Priest ΙΙ – Chanter
George Mattheakakis  

Jason
Harris Andrianos

Carnivalist Ι
Nikolas Maraziotis

Carnivalist ΙΙ
Alexandros Gavaris

Unknown Soldier
Dennis Makris

Evzones
Alexandros Skourletis, Michalis Psalydas  

Chórεs vocal ensemble
Despina Drandaki, Marina Emmanouilidou, Symela Emmanouilidou, Georgia Zachariadi, Danae Politi, Dimitra Spela, Iris Toula-Gourgiotou, Danae Hanta-Martin

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