Παρασκευή, 3 Μαρτίου 2017

The Sofia - National Opera & Ballet applauses the opera Prometheus by Panagiotis Karousos

Tuesday 28 February 2017. At the Sofia Opera & Ballet presented the opera "Prometheus Bound" Panagiotis Karousos with great Greek opera artists.
At the first plan bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos as Prometheus, soprano Irene Konsta as Io, violinist Stavroula Menti, and pianist Victoria-Fjoralba Kiazimi, impressed the Bulgarian public of Sofia Opera & Ballet.
The remarkable lyric artists received many congratulations and applause from opera lovers.
The music thrilled the audience as well as the interpretations of high quality artists.
The excellent bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos in the role of Prometheus was remarkable, and the impressive soprano Irini Konsta at the role of Io gave her best in a difficult task.
The meritorious violinist Stavroula Menti, and fine pianist Victoria-Fjoralba Kiazimi,
accompanied the protagonists with musicality and excelled in the orchestral parts.
The audience thrilled by the quality of the voices and the performance of the beautiful music.
The Sofia Opera & Ballet presented the opera "Prometheus Bound" to a concert version form under the auspices of Clubs for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands and UNESCO "Leonardo da Vinci" Sofia.
Greetings gave Ioannis Maronitis, president of the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands, Janet Borlakova, president of the Club for UNESCO "Leonardo da Vinci" Sofia, Bulgaria, the Acad. Plamen Kartalov, director of the National Opera of Sofia, Slav Petkov, chairman of the Balkan and Black Sea Area Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (FAPA-BBS), etc.
In the production of the opera involved the organizations: Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands, Club for UNESCO "Leonardo da Vinci" Sofia, Balkan and Black Sea Area Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (FAPA-BBS), Hellenique-International, the Embassy of Bulgaria in Athens, and the Hellenic-American Center of the Arts.
Prometheus was presented in Montreal at Place des Arts, and played occasionally in French until 2000. The work is based on the tragedy of Aeschylus 'Prometheus Bound' translated by Gryparis, and the Theogony of Hesiod. In 2008 the opera presented in New York and Washington, USA under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, in English.
In Greece Prometheus staged at the Theatre of Ancient Messene, Ancient Agora, National Archaeological Museum, the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Old Parliament House, Theatre Veakio, and dozens of performances at Municipal Theatres.
In March 2014 the opera "Prometheus Bound," starring Vasilis Asimakopoulos presented at Queens' Mamie Fay Auditorium and at the UN headquarters in Manhattan, representing Greece in UNESCO. 
It was the first time in history that opera traveled from Greece to America. Under the direction of conductor Eleftherios Kalkanis presented at the Third ERT Program and Concert Hall "Parnassos". In 2016 the opera was presented in the Amphitheater Richelieu of the Sorbonne in Paris starring: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Irene Konsta, Vanessa Kalkanis, Kassandra Dimopoulou, Philip Modinos, Victoria-Fjoralba Kiazimi.

Πέμπτη, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

PROMETHEUS by Panagiotis Karousos at the SOFIA OPERA AND BALLET

SOFIA OPERA AND BALLET
The Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands,
The Club UNESCO “Leonardo da Vinci” Sofia
The Balkan and Black Sea Area Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (FAPA-BBS)
And the Sofia Opera and Ballet present

PROMETHEUS

by Panagiotis Karousos

Based on Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

Directed by VASILIS ASIMAKOPOULOS
Arias and duos of the opera
 Tuesday, 28th February, 2017 at 7pm

Sofia Opera House – Marble foyer

Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Io: Irene Konsta, soprano
Stavroula Menti, violin
Victoria Kiazimi, piano
Panagiotis Karousos, composer

Greetings:
Ioannis Maronitis, president at Club for UNESCO Piraeus & Islands, Greece
Janet Borlakova, president at Club UNESCO “Leonardo da Vinci” Sofia, Bulgaria
Acad. Plamen Kartalov, Director of Sofia Opera and Ballet
Slav Petkov, president at Balkan and Black Sea Area Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (FAPA-BBS)


Aeschylus' masterpiece “Prometheus Bound” in opera:
The opera Prometheus based on Aeschylus tragedy Prometheus Bound is the most successful and popular Greek opera, an achievement of the human mind, with deep roots in ancient Greek tragedy. Internationally acclaimed Panagiotis Karousos is the most important opera composer in the Greek operatic history. The Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands will bring in Sofia Opera House, among with the composer, some of the most talented opera singers of Greece.
The lyric tragedy "Prometheus Bound" is the first Greek popular opera presented always with great success in areas such as the Sorbonne, Place des Arts in Canada, Epidaurus, UN.
In Montreal, Canada, Prometheus presented with bass Joseph Rouleau, and in 2008 moved to New York and Washington under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman. In Greece Prometheus presented at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, Theatre of Ancient Messene, Ancient Agora, Euripides Ancient Theatre of Salamis, National Archaeological Museum, Theatre Veakeio, International Petra Festival, etc.
With the patronage of UNESCO was presented in March 2014 in New York City in Queens Auditorium and the United Nations starring Vasilis Asimakopoulos representing Greece at the UN, and in the Amphitheater Richelieu of the Sorbonne in Paris, presented by Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands and Member of the Executive Council of the World Federation Clubs, Associations & UNESCO Centres (WFUCA) for Europe and North America.
Under the direction of conductor Eleftherios Kalkanis presented at the Third Program of Greek National Radio-Television ERT, the Concert Hall of Literary Society "Parnassos", and in the Old Parliament House of Greece. The opera "Prometheus Bound" by Panagiotis Karousos has made a unique story in Greek opera. For the first time a Greek opera itself becomes popular. The work expresses the voice of the popular fighter giving hope and courage in the social and moral decadence. The rebel Prometheus brings the fire of knowledge, and the universal message of resistance against all sorts of tyrannical powers. In today's violent and turbulent era hero Prometheus brings a message of hope. Not only the high lyricism of Aeschylus and the symbolism of Prometheus the Titan touched both the world, but is the inspired music creation of Panagiotis Karousos that awakening primordial feelings unseen to listeners.
The Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands is especially thankful to the National Opera of Sofia, and the Club Wonders for the realization of  this  historical presentation,  the first Greek opera at the National Opera of Sofia, a Temple of opera and classical music in Bulgaria. Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands.

Sponsored by:  Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands, Club UNESCO “Leonardo da Vinci” Sofia, Balkan and Black Sea Area Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (FAPA-BBS), Hellénique international, Hellenic American Center of the Arts, Bulgarian Embassy in Athens, Greece
 By Invitation (concert and reception) 

Κυριακή, 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Opera "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus in the Athens High School 18

Opera "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus
Music: Panagiotis Karousos - Direction: Vasilis Asimakopoulos
Launched with huge success the approved program by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, presenting the opera "Prometheus Bound" with an introductory seminar on prosody in the secondary schools of Greece.
The approved program of the Education Ministry with the agreement of the Teachers Association were involved the opera singers:
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass - Io: Irene Konsta, soprano - Ocean / Mercury: Theodore Birakos, tenor - Violence / Athena: Dimitra Kamitsi, soprano – and Victoria Kiazimi, piano
The program started on January 31, 2017 from Athens High School 18, in Ano Patissia. Attended by over 250 students thrilled by the music and enthusiastically applauded the wonderful performances of the fine opera protagonists.
Preceded the seminar: "The prosody as a link of the opera with the ancient Greek tragedy", involving ten students actively reading texts: Music in Ancient Greece, Ancient Greek musical system, The orchestra instruments in ancient Greek drama, The ancient Greek tragedians, The ancient Greek theater, texts given by Dr. Anastasios Koutsoukos. The music school teacher Paraskevi Makrinou read: The kinds of voices in opera.
The composer Panagiotis Karousos developed the importance of prosody in a relation to the development of opera and prose-prosody difference in ancient Greek tragedy. Also referred to connection of the opera to the ancient Greek tragedy and the contribution of prosody to the creation of classical music.
The presentation did by Elias Koutsis, director of the 18th High School of Athens: "It is a great honor for the school to realize this great educational project of the Ministry of Education of Greece, that makes us particularly proud to have with us the creator-composer Panagiotis Karousos with his worthy associates lyric singers, and have him to analyze and present the opera "Prometheus Bound", the masterpiece of Aeschylus. 





Σάββατο, 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

The Anthem of Animals by Panagiotis Karousos, Avra Tsalamaniou, Thanos Olympios

Event for the animals at Pnevmatiki Estia of the Municipality of Voula.
On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 presented at Pnevmatiki Estia of the Municipality of Voula, an informative event for the animals under the auspices of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands.
On behalf of Piraeus & Islands UNESCO attended Mr. Moschos Vassilios, Officer ret, who transferred the message Greeting of Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands, and he gave the awards to the organizers and artists participants of the informations event.
The cultural program of the event:
Speeches: The animals in the human environment, the companionship of pets: Nick Diomatarakis, Dog Trainer.
The contribution of livestock to the physical and mental health, Man and Animals, The position of animals in people's lives: Marios Gerogiannis, real estate agent, Vice President of Animal Welfare, Animal Friends Ecologists
Theatrical sketch: The tale of Esmeralnta and Reading from the book: Hymns and songs about animals by Avra Tsalamaniou, author:  Dimitris Katsimanis, Actor. 
Song: The Anthem of Animals: Lyrics: Avra Tsalamaniou, Music: Panagiotis Karousos, composer and Thanos Olympios, singer.
The president of the Association of Animal Friends Ecologists Mrs Avra Tsalamaniou thanked the Municipality of Vari -Voula -Vouliagmeni for courtesy of the hall, the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands and the Chairman of UNESCO Mr Ioannis Maronitis, for courtesy and support.











Τετάρτη, 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA)

Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) www.embca.com presents
"December 27, 537 AD: Aghia Sophia – Its History, Architecture and Cultural Contributions."
Under the Auspices of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus & Islands
We honor and remember the anniversary of the inauguration of Haghia Sophia by having a panel discussion which will examine the architectural, cultural, historical and geo-political impact that Aghia Sophia has had. This is the first in a Byzantine Series of future EMBCA events.
After the introduction by EMBCA's president Mr. Ilias Katsos, the event started with live music by Mike "Risko" Savvas a gifted guitarist and Tzoura player (with Porphyra) who captivated the audience with his dexterous Helleno- Byzantine inspired tunes that fit perfectly with the evening’s theme.
Then recognized national and international architect John Fotiadis EMBCA's V.P. (the Moderator for the evening) started the program with a succinct and brilliant presentation of Aghia Sophia’s awe inspiring architecture.
He introduced and was followed by a spectacular panel of presenters which included author and journalist Alexander Billinis ( author of "The Eagle Has Two Faces: Journeys Through Byzantine Europe" and "Hidden Mosaics: An Aegean Tale") who captured Aghia Sophia’s multi-national significance Constantine "Dean" Sirigos a noted Journalist and Commentator on International Affairs who brought out highly insightful and not well known technological aspects of the Cathedral, and Billy Chrissochos a composer, historical consultant and producer of the Rock Opera "Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera" who brought in unique and modern Byzantine musical opera ways of looking at the Byzantine period and this international treasure.
This event was held in association with the New York Chapter of the Hellenic American Institute (AHI), AHEPA Delphi Chapter 25 of Manhattan and the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands and we thank them for their support.
Porphyra will be represented by Billy Chrissochos, Despina Chrissochos and Mike "Risko" Savvas. There was a live performance by Mr. Savvas on the tzoura and guitar presenting music from Porphyra's new album, "The Starmaker's Prophecy." www.porphyraband.com.
The Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands is a proud participant of this important event and awarded the distinguished organizers and panel. Despina Afentouli, Press Office Director for the CLUB for UNESCO for Piraeus & Islands, presented an HONORARY AWARD yesterday for Contributions to Culture relating to the event.
Our UNESCO New York Chapter has presented the following highly acclaimed productions under the direction of Billy Chrissochos; The first Greek opera at Lincoln Center, the “Olympic Flame” by Panagiotis Karousos, and Billy Chrissochos’ own “Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera. Anna and Vladimir: the love that ROCKED the world,” which debuted at Carnegie Hall and Off Broadway at the Theatre Players. Both works have been produced in collaboration with the Hellenic American Center of the Arts.
Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands and Member of the Board of the World Federation of Associations and Club Centres for UNESCO, responsible for Europe and North America.
Billy Chrissochos, Director of Modern Music of the New York Chapter of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands.
Panagiotis Karousos, Director of Opera and Classical Music of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus and Islands.