Charlotte: Operatic monodrama



Alternative Stage

Music theatre

Charlotte: Operatic monodrama

Lina Zachari
A co-production of the GNO Alternative Stage
  • 13, 15 Jun 2024

Music theatre - Premiere

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at: 20.30 | clock


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Alternative Stage sponsor: PPC (Public Power Company)


The operatic monodrama Charlotte with music and a libretto by Lina Zachari, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers) and Rolan Barthes' A Lover's Discourse (Fragmentsd'un discours amoureux), will be presented at the GNO Alternative Stage for two performances on 13 and 15 June, at 20.30. The production is directed by Rinio Kyriazi, while Myrsini Hatzikonstanti conducts the eight-member instrumental ensemble. Mezzo-soprano Ioanna Forti will be performing the title role.

The work Charlotte centers on unfulfilled desire. The heroine, sunk in an unbearable grief caused by the suicide of her beloved Werther, finally confesses her love, in a transcendental delirium, where she pits herself against her limitations. In a dark room where she confines and traps herself, the conscious and the unconscious, truth and fantasy merge into a fluid musical environment. In her dream, the deepest and most unfamiliar parts of herself awaken - alarming, insatiable, tender, subversive -, weaving the web of her inner journey and opening unexpected pathways. By daring to listen to them, the heroine is eventually led to freedom.

In this obscene direction, as per Georges Bataille, which tarnishes the image of the young Virgin Mary, what is justified is not only the truth of the heroine but also the essence of lyric art: people sing when words are no longer enough.

Music, libretto: Lina Zachari
Musical direction: Myrsini Hatzikonstanti
Director: Rinio Kyriazi
Set designers: Nektaria Iliaki, Natalia Manta
Lighting designer: Stevi Koutsothanasi

In the role of Charlotte Ioanna Forti

Marianna Nikolakopoulou (piano, celesta - music preparation)
Dionysis Vervitsiotis
Vanessa Athanasiou
Antilochos Tranos
Asterios Pouftis
Nikos Tsoukalas
(double bass)
Krinio Trullou
Yannis Kritikos

Ticket prices: €12, €15
Students, children: €10


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  • Thursday 13 June 2024, 20:30 Charlotte: Operatic monodrama GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC
  • Saturday 15 June 2024, 20:30 Charlotte: Operatic monodrama GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC
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