THE GREEK NATIONAL OPERA

The Greek National Opera (GNO) ( www.nationalopera.gr ) has already been transferred in its new premises at SNFCC, inaugurating a new era in its multi-year history. Within the new facilities it is possible for the GNO to further expand its multifaceted activities as an artistic and educational organization, that span Opera, Ballet, experimental projects, children's performances and educational programs, as well as the preparation of the next generation of dancers and socially beneficial actions. The Stavros Niarchos Hall, with the unparalleled acoustics, aesthetics and unique technical specifications, and the Alternative Stage, a versatile space for experimentation and research, alongside the state-of-the-art auxiliary spaces, provide unlimited possibilities to the GNO rendering it able to play an ever more important role in the artistic scene of the country.

The new 28,000 m2 (301,000 sq. ft.) auditorium is an architectural jewel, designed to enhance the opera experience for patrons and artists alike. Its world-class acoustics, mechanical capabilities, flexible staging, and innate beauty position it for immediate entry into the world opera circuit, ready to play host to the most technically demanding operas, international multimedia art productions, and formidable solo vocalists. The auditorium is in par with the best European opera houses, and its multiple stages configuration allows for efficient scene changes and the staging of complicated productions. The comfort of the 1,400-seat main auditorium isbe equaled in the backstage dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces, and the technical capabilities extend to the scenic design and costume shops.

The new opera house presents the Greek National Opera with opportunities to strengthen its educational and outreach programs through lectures, seminars, and other events. The organization has developed in the last few years, a children’s stage to attract younger audiences and engage future generations of opera-goers, and expanded its children’s programming to include tours of children’s performances, educational programs, age-specific seminars, and innovative activities. The Greek National Opera is able to take advantage of new wireless technologies to present productions via the Internet to other Greek cities, as well as employ the Stavros Niarchos Park as an outdoor theater for selected video-link and also outdoors live performances.

A smaller alternative stage with a capacity of 400 people will host more intimate productions, including GNO’s experimental performances, contemporary Greek music, dance, dramatic readings, and theater productions in a venue with technical capabilities on par with the main performance space. The small theater has a flexible layout with no fixed seating, making it ideal for experimental productions. A school of dance also resides at the SNFCC.

 
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