x

Arts

Teatro Grattacielo & Cultural Conference Center of Crete Co-Produced Idomeneo

December 1, 2021

HERAKLION – The opera Idomeneo, re di Creta (King of Crete) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, considered one of the greatest operas of all time, was presented in Heraklion, Crete, November 24-26, a co-production of Teatro Grattacielo of New York and the Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion.

Athens Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by the maestro Myron Michailidis, with the Heraklion Choir under the guidance of Yannis Kiagiadakis, in cooperation with distinguish soloists from Teatro Grattacielo, performed Mozart’s first opera seria with libretto by Gianbattista Varesko. Stefanos Koroneos, General and Artistic Director of Teatro Grattacielo, directed the opera.

A scene from the opera Idomeneo by Mozart, a co-production of Teatro Grattacielo and the Cultural Conference Center of Crete. Photo by Manolis Foumis

Koroneos spoke to The National Herald about the successful co-production between Teatro Grattacielo and Cultural Conference Center, noting that “we chose Mozart’s Idomeneo, King of Crete, because of the story connection to the land of Crete.”

“This was the very first international co-production of Teatro Grattacielo and I am very proud that it happened in Greece,” Koroneos said.

According to the production’s website, the opera was written by Mozart during the years 1780-1781 and the premier took place on January 29, 1781 at the Cuvilliés Theatre of Munich. The inspiration for the libretto comes from Pietro Metastasio. The story unfolds after the fall of Troy, King Idomeneo can finally dream of returning to his homeland after a long absence, during which his son Idamante ensured the continuity of his reign and guarded Trojan prisoners, including Ilia, King Priam’s daughter. To escape from a terrible storm that is keeping him from reaching Crete, Idomeneo promises Neptune to sacrifice the first living being he encounters upon landing. Unfortunately, it is his own son who greets him in his native land. By offering her own life in exchange for that of Idamante, whom she loves and who loves her, Illia manages to get Neptune to yield and to deliver Idomeneo from his fateful vow.

More information about the Teatro Grattacielo and the Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion co-production of Idomeneo is available online: https://bit.ly/32GbBhH.

A scene from the opera Idomeneo by Mozart, a co-production of Teatro Grattacielo and the Cultural Conference Center of Crete. Photo by Manolis Foumis

 

A scene from the opera Idomeneo by Mozart, a co-production of Teatro Grattacielo and the Cultural Conference Center of Crete. Photo by Manolis Foumis

RELATED

Colleen Hoover’s novel, It Ends With Us, was the best-selling print book in the United States in 2023, with 1.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Firefighters Seek to Corral Massive Texas Wildfires Before Weekend of Higher Temperatures and Winds

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — The explosive growth of the second-largest wildfire in Texas history slowed as winds and temperatures dipped but the massive blaze was still untamed and threatening more death and destruction.

ATHENS - A group of NGOs have urged Greece not to extradite a Turkish asylum seeker who accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of corruption, the move coming as Greece and Turkey are in a rapprochement that eased tensions.

ATHENS - It’s been decades since the AIDS crisis broke out and spread fear about unprotected sex and promiscuity but data from Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) found that sexually-transmitted diseases are rising.

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Christian Horner was on the Red Bull pit wall for the first Formula 1 practice of the year on Thursday, a day after a complaint of alleged misconduct against him was dismissed.

Nineteen percent — or 11 million Americans — age 65 or more are still hard at work.