The Artist on the Composer, Second commission Yorgos Lanthimos: Bleat


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Stavros Niarchos Hall


The Artist on the Composer

Second Commission Yorgos Lanthimos: Bleat
Music and Visual Arts Cycle - A GNO and NEON co-production
  • 06, 07, 08 May 2022

Visual Arts programme - New production - World premiere

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Start times: 18.00, 20.00, 22.00 |  clock


Lead Donor of the GNO / GNO's participation supported by SNF



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


In partnership with  Neon logo Red White 01 


Yorgos Lanthimos' highly anticipated new film, Bleat -the second work to be commissioned as part of the GNO and NEON programme The Artist on the Composer- is to have its world-first premieres accompanied by live music ensembles on 6, 7 and 8 May 2022 inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall at the SNFCC. The Greek National Opera's participation in the co-production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] to enhance the GNO's artistic outreach.

The award-winning Greek filmmaker accepted the invitation extended by GNO Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis and NEON Director Elina Kountouri to produce, write, and direct the short film Bleat, shot on the Greek island of Tinos in February 2020, and starring Oscar-winning American actor Emma Stone and acclaimed French actor Damien Bonnard.

The Artist on the Composer programme -run by the Greek National Opera and NEON []- connects pioneering contemporary artists and filmmakers/producers with orchestral music performed live. Through works that spring from the programme's new commissions, each artist responds to, and enters into dialogue with pieces by classical composers, free from every standard operatic convention, trope and storyline, in the hope of reaching audiences who may never have connected with opera before.

Following on from The Artist on the Composer's first commission -a 2019 installation by Nikos Navridis- the gifted and internationally renowned Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos takes on the programme's second commission to create a new cinematic work that will always be presented with the live accompaniment of music ensembles. The work's music script consists of pieces by J. S. Bach / Knut Nystedt and Toshio Hosokawa, performed live inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall by the soloist Angelina Tkatcheva (cimbalom), GNO musicians and the Chorus of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.



Producer, scriptwriter, director
Yorgos Lanthimos

Emma Stone
, Damien Bonnard

Johann Sebastian Bach / Knut Nystedt, Toshio Hosokawa

Angelina Tkatcheva

Nicolas Vassiliou

With the participation of the GNO musicians: Nikos Nikopoulos (Flute), Dimitry Safarian-Simonenko (Oboe), Anna Dermani (Harp), Sophia Tamvakopoulou (Piano), Alexis Theophylactou (Violin), Marina Kolovou (Cello)

Chorus master
Agathangelos Georgakatos


With the participation of the Chorus of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation

Set Designer
Anna Georgiadou

Costume Designer
Angelos Mentis

Christos Papadopoulos

Director of Photography
Thodoros Mihopoulos

Film Editor
Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Executive producer
Rebecca Skinner

Eleni Kossyfidou



The Artist on the Composer programme curators: Giorgos Koumendakis (GNO Artistic Director) - Elina Kountouri (ΝΕΟΝ Director)



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 The film contains nudity


Tickets: 10 euros (ticket revenues support the work of the Greek National Opera)


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