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The opera "La Bohème" universally accessible at the Greek National Opera!

Updated: Jan 23


On the 27th and the 29th of December 2023 at the Main Stage, Stavros Niarchos Hall.


Part of the series of actions "All Together At The Opera" of the GNO Learning & Participation Department.


The heartbreaking "La Bohème", Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, is making its return seven years after it was last presented at the Greek National Opera, in an iconic production directed by Graham Vick, a true bohemian of the opera world who recently passed away. This production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach.


"La Bohème" is based on the novel "Scènes de la vie de bohème" (Scenes of Bohemian Life) by Henry Murger, and was first presented in 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Set against the backdrop of a cold Paris at Christmastime, the plot of this opera tells of the love between the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimì, from the moment they meet to the moment of her death from tuberculosis.



Scene from the performance. Tables full of people in front of the café "Momus". The protagonists sing while sitting at the front tables.
The Bohème group at the café "Momus". Photo by Andreas Simopoulos.

The performances of "La Bohème" on the 27th and the 29th of December 2023 will be universally accessible through the services of live interpreting in the Greek Sign Language, live surtitling with depiction of the auditory channel of communication and audio description provided by ATLAS E.P. and its partners.


Audience members who want to make use of the accessibility services are kindly requested to purchase their tickets at the GNO Box Office, by phone at 2130885700 or by email at boxoffice@nationalopera.gr


For ticket availability and any assistance required with the bookings for the accessibility services, audience members may also contact ATLAS E.P. at 6993507553 or by email at askatlasep@gmail.com.


Tickets for people using accessibility services are free of charge.


For more information about the performance, follow the link below: https://www.nationalopera.gr/aithousa-stavros-niarxos/kentrikis-skini-opera/item/5439-boem


Further information about "La Bohème"


With his music, Puccini makes audiences run the gamut of emotions in breathtaking ways: carefreeness, joy, great love and despair. With this year’s revival of "La Bohème", the Greek National Opera is paying tribute to Graham Vick –"the man who saved opera in Britain", as the British newspaper, The Telegraph once wrote– who passed away in 2021. His highly successful take on "La Bohème", which he chose to move from 19th-century Paris and set in 21st-century Athens, became a landmark production for the Greek opera scene.


Sets and costumes are by Richard Hudson, lighting by Giuseppe di Iorio, and movement by Ron Howell. Katerina Petsatodi serves as revival director.


This production is conducted by the internationally acclaimed maestro Ondrej Olos, known to Greek audiences from his previous collaborations with the GNO on the Janáček’s operas "The Cunning Little Vixen" and "The Makropulos Affair", and on Mozart’s "Don Giovanni". Agathangelos Georgakatos serves as chorus master, and Konstantina Pitsiakou as children’s chorus mistress.


The cast features a stellar Greek array of outstanding GNO soloists. In the role of Rodolfo is the acclaimed GNO tenor Yannis Christopoulos, while Mimì is played by the leading soprano Vassiliki Karayanni. The role of Musetta is portrayed by the great GNO soprano Cellia Costea, with the acclaimed baritone Dionysios Sourbis taking on the role of Marcello, and the internationally renowned GNO bass Tassos Apostolou that of Colline. Appearing with them on stage are Nikos Kotenidis, Vangelis Maniatis, Kostis Rasidakis, Thanassis Evangelou, Ioannis Kontellis, and Nikos Syropoulos.


With the participation of the Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Chorus of the Greek National Opera as part of its educational mission.



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