Πέμπτη, 15 Αυγούστου 2013

The Hellenic American Center for the Arts with the Municipality of Messini presents the opera PROMETHEUS BOUND by PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS



PROMETHEUS BOUND
by PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS

EKKLESIASTERION (ODEON) ANCIENT MESSENE
SATURDAY 24 AUGUST AT 19:30

Starring
bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos as Prometheus

The opera "Prometheus Bound" by Panagiotis Karousos in Ancient Messini.
After the historical presentation of the opera "Prometheus Bound" by Greek Canadian composer Panagiotis Karousos at Epidaurus, the Municipality of Messini in collaboration with the Hellenic American Centre for the Arts invites you to the presentation of opera in Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) Theatre of Ancient Messene.
This presentation will be the first Greek opera ever presented at the sacred site of the ancient theater.
"Prometheus Bound" by Panagiotis Karousos it’s a lyrical drama based on the tragedy by Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound" translated by John Grypari. The high lyricism and post-romantic extraordinary melodic composition of Panagiotis Karousos, acclaimed the opera as a divine music.

Prometheus Bound
Music and libretto by Panagiotis Karoussos
Cast:
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Io/Athena: Irini Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Mercury Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Oceanide: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Violence: Marimel Chrisi, soprano
Hephaestus/Zeus: Panagiotis Karousos, baritone
Danae Kioupouroglou, flute
Vivi Klisoura, piano
Stage director: Vasilis Asimakopoulos
Production and Costume Design: American Hellenic Centre for the Arts
Greetings: Stathis Anastasopoulos, Mayor of Messini
George Davillas,
Vice Mayor of Culture
Presentation: Lina Kamarinopoulou, president NPDD "Municipal Band and Dance Group Messina," City Councilor of Messini
Free Admission

A few words about the work and its creator
Prometheus Bound by Panagiotis Karousos World Premiered in Montreal, Canada in 2004 and represented in French until 2000.
In 2008 presented in New York and Washington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman. In Greece Prometheus presented at the Municipal Theatres of Cholargos, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, and Chalcis, at the Concert Hall "Parnassos" in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakio of Piraeus, at the Municipal Theater of Athens, and at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus.
Prometheus is the first work of a Greek Tetralogy named “THE HELLENIC TETRALOGY: THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION”, focusing on the flame as the Ancient Greek Spirit. Prometheus’s flame is the mystical theme in the second work “The Olympic Flame”, the third work “Alexander the Great” represents the civilizing expansion of the spirit, and finally in the “Light of Christianity” the ancient flame transformed to the purgatory flame.
The second part of the Hellenic Tetralogy, the "Olympic Flame", was presented in 2005 with huge success at the Basilica Notre-Dame de Montreal, featuring singers from the Opera of Montreal with the Symphony Orchestra Laval-Laurentides under the direction of maestro Andre Gauthier. In 2007 Panagiotis Karousos presented the Olympic Flame in New York in English with performers from the opera of New York under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman. In 2007 the choir of the Olympic Flame was selected and presented at Hague by the Symphonic Orchestra and Choir Gunst wat'n Kunst under the direction of Maestro Rafail Pilarinos. Panagiotis Karousos presented successfully all his operas in North America, especially Alexander the Great have been presented in Montreal, Chicago, New York, North Carolina and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has also been awarded by the Federal Government of Canada for his works Liberty Symphony, Piano Concerto and the City of Montreal for the symphonic work “Montreal Suite”.
The composer Panagiotis Karousos uses in his music compositions the Pythagorean theory of harmony of the spheres. According to the Pythagorean teaching, the sounds of celestial bodies compose a secular music, because the distances and velocities of the planets and fixed stars are governed by the same numerical reasons that producing and arranging sounds.