The production was recorded on 3 November 2019 in the GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall at the SNFCC. The subtitles are available only in Greek
Music: Lena Platonos
Orchestration: Lena Platonos - Stergios Tsirliagos
Libretto: Giorgos Voloudakis
Director: Katerina Petsatodi
Animation: Eirini Vianelli
Sets: Evangelia Therianou
Costumes: Alexia Theodoraki
Music coaching/Conductor: Michalis Papapetrou
Lighting: Christos Tziogkas
Sound design: Stergios Tsirliagos
Emperor: Nikos Kotenidis
Courtier / Death: George Roupas
Nightingale: Marilena Striftobola
Fisherman / Chamberlain / Technician: Yannis Filias
Violinist / Conductor: Dimitris Nalbandis
Narrator: Maria Skoula
Lena Platonos wrote The emperor's nightingale, a "musical fairy tale with operatic features and neo-impressionistic music", as she herself has described it, in 1989, to a libretto by Giorgos Voloudakis, based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the same title.
In one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, the emperor of China is moved by the singing of a nightingale with an enchanting voice. When the emperor receives as a gift an electronic nightingale that monotonously sings the same song, the real nightingale leaves the palace. Many years later, when the emperor is very sick and the electronic nightingale no longer works, the real nightingale's song manages to move even Death.
Andersen's tale is transformed into a parable about the relationship between art and technology, which nowadays is more topical than ever. The work's modern message, the co-existence of analog and electronic music, the irresistible melodic lines of Platonos and the masterly vocal writing render the Emperor's nightingale an ideal way to introduce children to the magical world of lyric art.
The direction bears the stamp of Katerina Petsatodi, the animation has been designed by Eirini Vianelli, the sets by Evangelia Therianou and costumes by Alexia Theodoraki.
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