Mikis Theodorakis: The Hostage / Marc Blitzstein: Political Songs



Alternative Stage


Mikis Theodorakis: The Hostage / Marc Blitzstein: Political Songs

  • 26 Mar 2023

Mikis Theodorakis cycle

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at 19.30|

Political music theatre in Greece was defined by the oeuvre of Mikis Theodorakis, who put his mark on it at the beginning of the 60s, when, in the heart of the Cold War, decided to set to music the songs from Irish poet Brendan Behan's play The Hostage, inspired by the liberation struggle of the Irish people against the British, for the Greek troupe of director Leonidas Trivizas. Legendary songs from this play, such as the famous Laughing Boy, were connected early on with Greek political struggles, initially in the aftermath of the anti-war activist Grigoris Lambrakis' murder and, later, during the military dictatorship, being recognised to our day as symbols of social militancy.

During the same period, across the Atlantic, with the breath of the McCarthyist dystopia still hot on his neck, the most pro-Soviet of American composers of art music (at least in US terms), Marc Blitzstein, put forth his own vision of political music theatre, forming a distinctive language in works such as Reuben Reuben and Sacco and Vanzetti.

The disparate visions of two composers with different paths but with the revolutionary drive as a common reference are highlighted by the well-known duo of mezzo-soprano Anastasia Kotsali and accordionist Kostas Zigkeridis, accompanied in this case by pianist Giorgos Konstantinou.

Anastasia Kotsali mezzo-soprano

Giorgos Konstantinou piano

Kostas Zigkeridis accordion

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