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A musical performance inspired by Mozart's Magic Flute

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) presents in the Stavros Niarchos Hall the musical performance Papageno's Holidays, a collaboration of the ERT National Symphony Orchestra with the librettist Sofianna Theofanous under the musical direction of Michalis Oikonomou, directed by Vasilis Mavrogeorgiou.

After being trapped for centuries in the Egyptian heat and dust, Papageno and Papagena decide to rebel! This year, they will celebrate Christmas for the first time, dress up in their new coats, put on their thick socks and black boots, take their camera and go to Austria, the Alps and Rovaniemi to enjoy the cold. They will send us postcards to tell us if the escape to the snow was everything they dreamed of! Did they get to ski, try Gluwein, meet Santa Claus or did the cold get to them? We will find out on Christmas day!

The Magic Flute, a work full of symbolism, continues to this day to move young and old, as Mozart's melodic music reaches a wide audience, while at the same time being a study for connoisseurs of the genre.

Script: Sofianna Theofanous

ERT National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michalis Economou
Musical arrangement: Tassos Roussopoulos

Directed by: Vasilis Mavrogeorgiou

Papagena: Panagiota Polyzoidou, Soloist

Papageno: Vasilis Mavrogeorgiou

This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.


Stavros Niarchos Hall
of the Greek National Opera

Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Cultural Center (SNFCC)

Event Date
Monday 25 December 2023

Starts at

Ticket Prices
Zone Α - General entrance €15
Zone Β - General entrance €10, Concessions €5

Concession tickets of 5€ are available to students, people aged 65+, minors up to 17 years old, the unemployed, companions of Persons with Disabilities, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea.

Children and companions of persons with disabilities can sit with their chaperones and companions in any zone, with a concessions ticket.

On the day of the event, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)

Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567 or via email at and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.

Printing your tickets
Please download your tickets in a PDF form. You may print them or have them stored into your mobile phone, in order to check in on the day of the event.

Advance sales
- online:
- by phone: 210 7234567
- Ticket Services box office: 39, Panepistimiu Str, Athens

Important Information
  • Doors open at 19.00.
  • We suggest that you be at the location no later than 30 minutes before the commencement of the event.
  • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
  • Pre-sale is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
  • Entrance allowed for children aged 6+.
  • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.

Booking period

  • Pre-sale for Members starts on Wednesday 1/11 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
  • Pre-sale for the public starts on Thursday 2/11 at 12.00.
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