The Opera #2 - On the Ropes (About the End)



Alternative Stage


The Opera #2 - On the Ropes (About the End)

After motives from Claudio Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea
  • 07, 08 Oct 2022

Opera - Greek premiere

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at20.30|

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The acclaimed independent performing arts company Novoflot seated in Berlin is coming for the first time to Greece and the GNO Alternative Stage to present the two final parts of the ingenious trilogy titled The Opera #1-#3, in collaboration with distinguished Greek composer Antonis Anissegos and a series of diverse musical ensembles such the daring dissonArt ensemble from Thessaloniki, the internationally acclaimed jazz trio Johnny La Marama, the Chamber Ensemble of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra-ASON and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Halandri.

An allegorical operatic track and field championship, the thrilling work Opera #3 - The Outtakes will be presented at the Stavros Niarchos Park Great Lawn at the SNFCC, on 1 and 2 October 2022, at 22.00, in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Take your seats, opera, let's go!

Then, Novoflot will present the groundbreaking work Opera #2 - On the Ropes (About the End) on the GNO Alternative Stage on 7 and 8 October 2022, at 20.30, a production playfully described by the trailblazing German company as Monteverdi's first lost opera!

The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the Greek National Opera's artistic outreach.

The performing arts company Novoflot was founded in Berlin in 2002. Novoflot have appeared at numerous theatres and festivals in Berlin, as well as across Germany and internationally; their over 50, music theatre productions that groundbreakingly unite the genres of contemporary opera, experimental music theatre and avant-garde installation have been performed in theatres, opera houses, concert halls and exhibition spaces as well as in mobile architectures, sport stadiums, former fitness studios and sunken churches, consistently integrating the public space into their concepts. Novoflot regularly collaborate with an elect team of international artists from different fields, such as architecture, cinema, contemporary dance, as well as special singers, musicians and ensembles from the jazz and contemporary music scenes. It is these features that make them an open-minded opera company, associated with and targeted at a wide range of diverse audiences, as they solidly adjust to the particular local character of the destinations to which they tour.

On their first visit on Greek ground, Novoflot will present the two final pars of their ingenious, three-year trilogy titled The Opera #1-#3, a project that takes up Claudio Monteverdi's three known works and... fills in the missing pieces one by one!

Opera #2 - On the Ropes (About the End) on the GNO Alternative Stage

What would have happened if Monteverdi, the so-called founding father of the opera genre, had not only bequeathed us his three famous works L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea, but also with the fifteen operas he had worked on, whose scores are nowadays deemed lost? How would the genre have evolved? Would opera look and sound different today?... Based on motifs from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Novoflot finally present this great composer's... first lost opera, featuring the Chamber Ensemble of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra-ASON and the jazz trio Johnny La Marama.

Stage director, concept:
Sven Holm

Antonis Anissegos

Musical director:
Vicente Larra?aga

Stage and costume designer:
Nina von Mechow

Lighting designer:
Alex Bloom

Dramaturg, concept:
Malte Ubenauf

Ella Haid-Schmallenberg

Featuring:Antonis Anissegos keyboards, Hayden Chisholm saxophone, flute, bagpipe, voice Chris Dahlgren double bass, viola da gamba, electric bass, voice, Elisa Fluch voice, Ichi Go dance, voice, Rosemary Hardy voice, actor, Almut K?hne voice, Kathrin Pechlof harp, Eric Schaefer percussion

With the participation of the Chamber Ensemble of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra - ASON (Artistic director Pavlos Sergiou)

Produced byNovoflot,Deutsches Nationaltheater & Staatskapelle WeimarandKunstfest Weimar

Co-produced by theCPH Opera FestivalandTheater Undergrund

Supported by theSenate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin, and theFederal Cultural Foundation(FONDS DOPPELPASS - Fund for Cooperation in Theatre)

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