Anthony's Death



Alternative Stage


Anthony's Death

Kharálampos Goyós
  • 20, 23, 25, 27 Nov 2022

Opera - Commissioned by the GNO Alternative Stage

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Start at20.30(Sunday: 19.30)|

Kharálampos Goyós' latest work Anthony's Death arrives at the GNO Alternative Stage directed by the talented Dimitris Karantzas, after a first, extremely successful round of streaming broadcasts on the GNO TV platform. Anthony's Death is an outrageous, iconoclastic opera of the absurd dedicated to all boys ashamed to admit that they cried while watching Candy Candy; a weird, psychoanalytically-inspired infernal machine in which the legacy of the aforementioned Japanese anime TV series provocatively meets the thought of the notorious Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, occasioned by the memory of a fall that traumatised an entire generation.

Two men, stuck in a clearing out of Dante or Heidegger, smugly indulge in the pleasures of speech and are faced with trauma, fantasy, the death drive, repetition compulsion, their fear of woman and their omnipresent narcissism - with intermediate stops at the Epistles of St Paul, the seminars of Jacques Lacan and the hit songs by Ruslana and Eleni Dimou. Their obsessional, unstoppable discourse is shot through with insistent questions: Does Woman exist, or not? Why is fox written with a lowercase initial in Greek, though with an uppercase initial in German? And most of all: Why did we cry so hard when Anthony, Candy's blond boyfriend, fell from his horse at the end of that fatal, twenty-fourth episode in the mid-80s?

Anthony's Death, a conceptual chamber opera in the tradition of the Verdian opera of intentions (as well as, at the same time, an oblique satire of the fake fashion for the neo-baroque), sets out to articulate the insecurities and anxieties of a generation raised on VHS, Dynasty and Chornobyl, and eternally confronted with the spectre of an impending (financial, ecological, geopolitical, health-related...) catastrophe that haunts our dreams - until the inevitable, self-destructive finale: We have all fantasised our own funerals.

- The international symposium Anthony at the Clearing: Opera's Death Drive, with the participation of important musicologists, psychoanalysts, philosophers and cultural theorists from Greece and abroad, will take place concurrently with the performances of Anthony's Death.

Yannis Filias, Kharálampos Goyós, based on the memory of the TV series Candy Candy and the writings of Slavoj Žižek

Kharálampos Goyós

Stage director:
Dimitris Karantzas

Set designer:
Artemis Flessa

Costume designer:
Ioanna Tsami

Lighting designer:
Alekos Anastasiou

Cast: Georgios Iatrou, Vassilis Kavayas, Marissia Papalexiou

With the participation of a 7-member instrumental ensemble

Ticket prices:: 15€, 20€


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  • Sunday 20 November 2022, 19:30 Anthony's Death GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC
  • Wednesday 23 November 2022, 20:30 Anthony's Death GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC
  • Friday 25 November 2022, 20:30 Anthony's Death GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC
  • Sunday 27 November 2022, 19:30 Anthony's Death GREEK NATIONAL OPERA - SNFCC
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