WED 11 + THU 12 AUG, 21:00

Municipal Stadium of Chios

Ticket price: 10 euros


FIR 13 AUG, 21:00

Municipal Stadium of Oinousses

Admission free, seat selection on a first-come, first-served basis

A musical composition by Eleftherios Veniadis

How would you feel about a 3×3 soccer match, where the football players are opera singers and dancers? And where two rival choirs, in the place of the fans, sing challenging polyphonic songs instead of chants? And what happens when the announcer of the match goes beyond mere commentary and starts making political comments over global current affairs? Set pieces, penalty kicks, yellow cards, protests, goals, missed opportunities, offside, extra time. These are the components of a new impressively original opera, composed by Eleftherios Veniadis, with an unexpected libretto by the Austrian author Gerhild Steinbuch, directed by Sofia Simitzis. The performers are accompanied on stage by the Ventus Ensemble and a mixed choir from Chios, which will also include child refugees.

Musical composition – Conception – Live commentator: Eleftherios Veniadis
Directed by Sofia Simitzis
Original text – Libretto – Dramaturgy: Gerhild Steinbuch
Translated by Maria Manti
Conductor: Faidra Giannelou
Set design: Thomas Goerge
Costume design: Thomas Goerge, Gina Iliopoulou
Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Video: Dionisis Sidirokastritis
Movement: Mikes Glykas, Konstantinos Papanikolaou
Accompaniment – Vocal coaching: Beata Pincetić, Christos Sakellaridis
Sound engineer: Panagiotis Paraskevaidis – AUX studio
Assistant director: Giorgos Koutlis
Assistant to the set design: Gina Iliopoulou
Cast: Angeliki-Zoe Karagkouni, soprano, Dionysis Melogiannidis, tenor, Dionysis Tsantinis, baritone, Irini Tzanetoulakou, contralto
Dancer: Konstantinos Papanikolaou
Actor: Mikes Glykas
Ventus Ensemble: Dimitris Gkogas, Fanis Vernikos, trumpets, Giannis Gounaris, French horn, Spyros Vergis, trombone, Menelaos Moraitis, tuba, George Boukaouris, percussion
Chios Music School Choir Instruction – Conductor: Michalis Pilavas
Chios Choir Instruction: Faidra Giannelou, Andrianna Neamoniti

A co-production of Athens Epidaurus Festival

For the performance “The Soccer Opera” at the Municipal Stadium of Oinousses, there will be a ferry from Chios to Oinousses from the port of Chios on Friday 13 August, at 17:00. The return will take place after the end of the performance.

Purchase of ferry tickets and more information at Sunrise Tours, tel. +30 2271041390