The Greek National Opera starts the season with the national premiere of one of the most important lyric works of the 20th century, Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa. It tells the grim story of an infanticide in the Moravian country during the 19th century: a stepmother kills the newborn baby of her stepdaughter thinking that this way she can help her be happy. It is a story of raw realism, served without sentimentality, in one of the first operas using unaltered literary prose. Janáček, inspired by the special musicality of the Czech language, employs its distinctive inflections to compose his first opera, in which he clearly articulates his personal idiom. The last 25 years this opera has been established in the greatest opera houses worldwide as one of the 20th century masterpieces. Jenůfa will be directed by German director Nicola Raab, one of the most important opera directors in Europe; she is internationally acclaimed for the special sensitivity of her readings and her insistence on the dreamlike visualization of the works she directs.
Raab, who has presented her work with great success in Vienna, Copenhagen, Bregenz, Göteborg, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Chicago etc, notes: “Jenůfa founded Janáček’s fame as operatic composer; after Jenůfa he was able to follow his trajectory in operatic composition, as he had not been able to do before. Fame came late in his life, Janáček was already 50 by the time of the premiere of Jenůfa in 1904. Based on a play by Gabriela Preissova, the plot of Jenůfa is marked by a strong social realism, a clear depiction of society and customs, that shape the characters and determine their behaviour. Three generations of women are present on-stage when the curtain opens: grandmother, (step)mother and (step)daugther; only one (half)son is to be found, drifting around on the edge of the action (Laca), and certainly no older men of the family. Later we meet another son, but he seems to be “away” eternally, partying, drinking, eschewing his responsibilities… the women have to take over, decide which way to go forward, which way to go at all. And they do, mainly in the shape of Kostelnicka, the middle one of the three, the mother figure. Her decisions will determine everybody else’s life, even literally so, everybody else’s life and death. As in seizing the responsibility, she will even become a murderess, inflicting old (patriarchal?) laws on herself and her family, to conform to the strict rules of society. As if the fathers, that we never meet, are forever controlling the lives of the women. Despite the harsh realities depicted, Janáček’s “magic”, spiritual side, as we can find it in his orchestral pieces and later operas, never seems to be far away, even if much less obvious than in the rest of his oeuvre. In this production we would like to combine both, realities of an existing rigid society with all their dark sides, together with happy memories of a time seemingly lost, and a spiritual sense of otherworldliness as embodied by nature and the universe.”
Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
Director: Nicola Raab
Sets-costumes: Giorgos Souglidis
Grand Tier: 70€
A zone: 55€
B zone: 50€
C zone: 42€
D zone: 35€
E zone: 30€
Z zone: 20€
H zone: 15€
Students, reduced: 12€
Limited visibility: 10€
Greek National Opera – Stavros Niarchos Hall, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
About Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a project that includes the construction and complete outfitting of new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.
In funding the SNFCC, the Foundation’s vision is to provide the country and the city with the new institutional foundations it needs to move forward and with a framework for the future. Education, culture and sustainability, the SNFCC’s three main elements, are essential requirements in enhancing the potential of the city and its people and placing them within a twenty first century global context.
The magnitude of the project and of the Foundation’s dreams and hopes required the impact and the creative presence of a visionary architect. In February 2008, following a closed international design competition, the Foundation’s Board of Directors unanimously selected the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (www.rpbw.com). In selecting renowned architect Renzo Piano, the Foundation chose an architect at the forefront of the architectural profession, who possesses vision, intellectual curiosity and a historical and geographical understanding of the project’s location and significance.
How to get there
For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.
The shuttle bus is accessible to people in wheelchairs, following prior scheduling via phone. To best accomodate visitors that would like to make use of this service we kindly ask that they let us know in advance via phone (+30 216 8091000) about the time and stop of interest according to following timetable.
On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
By Bus or by Metro & Bus:
From the Center of Athens
Lines Β2, 550: These lines pass through the metro station Syggrou Fix where you can change means of transport. Getting off at the “Onasseio” stop on Syggrou Avenue southbound, head south in the direction of the sea, up to Evripidou Street (junction with Syggrou Avenue by-lane).
Lines A1, B1, 130, 217, 860: Getting off at the “Tzitzifies” stop on Ethnarchou Makariou Avenue. Move on the avenue towards Glyfaga, then left onto Epaminontas Street and finally right onto Peisistratou Street.
130: Piraeus – Nea Smyrni (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
217: Piraeus – Dafni Station (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
550: Kifissia – Palaio Faliro (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onassio Stop southbound)
860: Palaio Faliro – Schisto (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Α1: Piraeus – Voula (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Β1: Piraeus – Ano Glyfada (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Β2: Academia – Agios Kosmas (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onasseio Stop southbound)
From the “Τzitzifies ” stop, walk towards the Navarhou Votsi street and then turn right at Peististratou street. At Peisistratou and Sahtouri street you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.
Line 10 from Chalandri Square to the Epaminonda stop. Walk towards Peisistratou and Sahtouri street and you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.
The following entrances are open for entering the SNFCC:
• Evripidou & Doiranis (entrance for the SNFCC Visitors Center)
• Evripidou & Irakleous
• Evripidou & Dimosthenous (entrance for the Running Track)
• Peisitratou & Sachtouri (entrance for the Parking of the SNFCC)
• Esplanade Pedestrian Bridge
Bicycle parking spaces are available at the entrance of the parking of the SNFCC (Peisistratou and Sahtouri Street) as well as the Visitors Center (Eyrypidou and Doiranis). The parking of bicycles in these areas is under the responsibility of the owner / holder for any damages arising (theft, damage, etc.)
Date and time:
14 & 21 October 2018, 18:30.
19, 24, 27 October & 2 November 2018, 20:00.
Photo: by the Greek National Opera