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This is Britten

Performance based on two song cycles of Benjamin Britten
  • 30 Sep 2023

This is Britten
Performance based on two song cycles of Benjamin Britten

National Library of Greece lobby (NLG)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

Starts at 21.00|

As part of the round of events Booklover's Point of the 3d Lyric South Festival

Admission will be free to the public upon priority vouchers that will be distributed from Wednesday 27 September 2023 at 12.00, exclusively viaticket services.

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he singular production This is Britten, based on two emblematic song cycles of Benjamin Britten that have been inspired by poems of William Blake and John Donne, is coming to the lobby of the National Library of Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Saturday 30 September 2023, at 21.00, as part of the round of events Booklover's Point of the 3d Lyric South Festival.

The production is conceived and directed by Themelis Glynatsis and the song cycles will be performed by internationally acclaimed baritone Dimitri Platanias and distinguished and experienced tenor Christos Kechris. The first song cycle is based on poems written by the heretic William Blake, while the second cycle is based on Renaissance poet John Donne's Holy Sonnets, composed after Britten had visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

Benjamin Britten, one of the most important composers of the 20th century, wrote many works in which literature came alive through his exceptionally original music style. The production titled This is Britten consists of two of Britten's rarely performed emblematic song cycles.

Director Themelis Glynatsis in collaboration with video designers Chrysoula Korovesi and Marios Gambierakis mould a remarkable visual setting especially designed for the lobby of the National Library of Greece at the SNFCC, that will be used as background for Dimitri Platanias and Christos Kechris' performances of Willam Blake and John Donne's poem cycles respectively. Accompanying on the piano will be Sofia Tamvakopoulou.

The stage installation aims at conveying to the public, both musically and scenically, the special emotional and philosophical charge of these two cycles, which explore the personal despair of both the poets and the composer, the tormenting religious doubt, but also the constant quest for redemption and liberty. In the end, despite the profuse melancholy they exude, these two cycles, based on poetry of unparalleled beauty and intensity, serve as a testimony to human resistance against existential compromise, violence and death - a fact which renders them deeply revolutionary.

The Lyric South Festival round of events Booklover's Point is co-organised by the Greek National Opera and the Association of Municipalities of South Attica - Kallithea, Paleo Faliro, Alimos -In collaboration with the National Library of Greece.

The Lyric South Festival is organised by the Greek National Opera and co-funded by the European Union through the Association of Municipalities of South Attica, as part of the Regional Operational Programme for Attica.


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Concept, direction:
Themelis Glynatsis

Projection design:
Chrysoula Korovesi, Marios Gambierakis

Dimitri Platanias, Christos Kechris

Sofia Tamvakopoulou

With: Panagiotis Evangelidis, Alexios Zervanos

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