The princess and the pea | Ernst Toch



Greek National Opera

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation
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  • Sunday 25 November 2018, 11:00 STAVROS NIARCHOS HALL The princess and the pea | Ernst Toch SELECT TICKETSAvailability:    
  • Sunday 16 December 2018, 11:00 STAVROS NIARCHOS HALL The princess and the pea | Ernst Toch SELECT TICKETSAvailability:    

Children's performances

Ernst Toch

The princess and the pea

Conductor-translation: Nikos Vassiliou
Director-choreography: Apostolia Papadamaki

25, 27, 28, 30 November 2018
14, 16, 18, 19 December 2018


Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 11.00

Set designer: Petros Touloudis
Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Lighting: Valentina Tamiolaki

Cast (in alphabetical order)
The King: Alexandros Loutas - Dionysos Tsantinis
The Queen: Myrto Bocolini - Gina Fotinopoulou
The Prince: Yannis Kalyvas - Dionysis Melogiannidis
The Chancellor: Kostis Mavrogenis - Giorgos Papadimitriou
The Minister:  Stamatis Beris - Yannis Kavouras
The Nurse: Marina Kolyva - Margarita Syngeniotou
The unknown Princess: Maria-Christina Asimakopoulou - Chrysanthi Chachoulia

With the participation of a 30-member musical ensemble


Major donor 

Ticket prices: Weekdays for schools: €12
Sundays: €12, €15, €18, €20, €25, €30
Students, reduced: €12 / Limited visibility: €5

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about the princess who was sensitive enough to be disturbed by a pea hidden underneath a huge pile of mattresses, inspired Austrian composer Ernst Toch to create a children's opera, first presented in 1927.

To render the allegorical fairy tale, Toch, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his Third Symphony (1954), employs the musical language of his time while simultaneously making use of past forms, arias, duets etc. The enchanting opera was an immediate success and it has ever since been integrated into the repertory of most opera houses worldwide.

Apostolia Papadamaki, attempts to visualise Toch's music with the aim of creatively communicating it to children's audiences. Settings will be formed during the performance, with the help of projectors and modern technology, while the basic stage prop will be a huge book out of which the tale's action will spring.