GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC - ALTERNATIVE STAGE
Greek National Opera
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Cultural Center (SNFCC)
09.00 - 21.00 every day
Call center: (+30)2130885700
Bookings are made with the use of a credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
Online booking is powered by Ticket Services. Credit card charges are performed through the safe environment of Ticket Services (using SSL encryption)
Collecting your booked tickets
Tickets booked online or by phone are collected on the day of the performance at the theatre's box office by providing an ID or the credit card used.
You can also collect your tickets earlier at National Opera's box office at SNFCC.
After purchasing your tickets online you may download them in PDF format and print them.
Tickets purchased online, by phone or at the box office cannot be refunded.
Children under 6 years old are not allowed (3 years old for children's performances)
For a student discount where applicable it is necessary to provide the student card on purchase (at the box offices) and also during admission.
For information regarding tickets with discounts and their availability, please contact the box office at (+30)2130885700
How to get to GNU at SNFCC:
Contemporary repertoire opera
PREMIERE 3 NOVEMBER 2018
3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18 November 2018
Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 20.30
Conductor Nicolas Vassiliou
Director Themelis Glynatsis
Set-Costume designer Alexia Theodoraki
Lighting design Stella Kaltsou
Performing Christos Kechris, Aphrodite Patoulidou
Founding Donor of the Alternative Stage:
Ticket prices: €15, €20
Students, children: €10
Τhe famous opera Weisse Rose (1986) by the great German composer Udo Zimmermann receives its first national premiere at the GNO Alternative Stage, conducted by Nicolas Vassiliou and directed by Themelis Glynatsis, one of the most outstanding directors of his generation.
“We will not remain silent, we are your bad conscience, the White Rose will not leave you in peace…” These are the closing words of the fourth manifesto of the anti-nazi student group named “The White Rose” (Die weisse Rose), formed at the University of Munich. This particular manifesto was the cause for the arrest of the group's leaders, Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. After a long-hour interrogation by Gestapo, the siblings were executed by guillotine on 22 February 1943.
This is the historical framework surrounding Udo Zimmermann's opera Die weisse Rose, whose first version was written in 1967. However, the composer reworked his material in 1986. In the new version, titled Weisse Rose, the action is no longer linear, and the characters are limited to the two Scholl siblings. Centred around the wait before their execution, Zimmermann creates a musical theatre work, where historical re-enactment gives its place to a heart-wrenching, deeply personal exploration of morality, death and political responsibility.
The play's core is an “architectural” dramaturgy, during which, the stage becomes the construction site of a detention cell, and at the same time, the place where the prison is demolished through the near-death, poetic reverie of the two characters. In the end, a new, hidden landscape of emotion, freedom and disobedience is revealed.
“At the heart of the performance lies the solitude of the two characters, which does not allow the audience to decide whether they really coexist in the same vast space, or whether they communicate in another, more mystical way. Solitude, which imposes a second reality between memory and religious vision, leads to the need for redemption, and at the same time, to political aggression”, notes the director Themelis Glynatsis.