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National Opera: Great Street Events, Free of Charge, Sept 1 – Oct 2, 2011

That’s a great offer by the Greek National Opera and thus  free of charge in times of economic misery and harsh austerity. The Greek National Opera loads its Opera bus with singers and dancers and and takes them to the streets, in neighborhoods and squares of Athens  to offer the public unforgettable spectacles from September 1st until October 2nd 2011. The programme of “Artistic Events in Athens” aims to bring the Opera art and the classic dance close to the people, in the neighborhoods and squares. You don’t need to go to the Opera, then it comes to you!

The Opera Bus, a standard open-roof bus, will transport the singers and the choirs of the Greek National Opera, to main Athens Squares like Syntagma, Kotzia Sq., the National Archaeologicval Museum, the Kolonaki Sq,, The Metro Station Ambelokipi, only to mention a few.

The Opera fans will be able to enjoy excerpts from “Libiamo” (La Traviata/Verdi), “Quando e bella” (L’elisir d’ amore/Donizetti) and “Quando men vo” (La Boheme/Puccini). Also famous arias and choral parts from famous operas like “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia”/ Rossini, “Gianni Schicchi” /Puccini, “Rigoletto”/Verdi, “Carmen”/Bizet, “La Traviata”/Verdi and Italian Canzonetta.

On September 16, the day of death of Maria Callas, the National Opera organizes a evening dedicated to the legendary singer, in the forecourt of the National Archaeological Museum, at 6.30-8.30 pm.

On September 17, it will be broadcast live from Music Hall (Megaron Mousikis) through screens in the Gardens of Athens Concert Hall, the Opening Concert of the 2011-2012 artistic season with the Orchestra and Chorus of Greek National Opera.

The events are organized in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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