Τετάρτη, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2013

PROMETHEUS BOUND BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS AT THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM



The NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM in Athens
in collaboration with the Hellenic American Center of the Arts  
present Panagiotis Karousos’ opera
PROMETHEUS BOUND
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 18:30pm

After its historical presentation in Epidaurus the opera "Prometheus Bound" of Greek Canadian composer Panagiotis Karousos comes to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens in the “Hall of the Altar” at the Shadow of the Statues of the largest museum in Greece and one of the biggest of the world.

MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF GREECE
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
PROMETHEUS BOUND 
by P. Karousos 
Music and libretto by Panagiotis Karousos
Lyric drama based on Aeschylus tragedy

Directed by Vasilis Asimakopoulos

Participants:
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Io - Athena: Irini Konsta, soprano
Ocean - Hermes: Anastasios Stellas, tenor
Violence - Amphitrite: Maria Lyberakou, soprano
Oceanide: Viki Virvili, actor
Dance Okeanides: Priestesses theatric group
Danae Kioupouroglou, flute
Dimitris Sideris, oboe
Gulnora Tulyaganova, piano
Choreography: Viki Virvili
Production and Costume Design: Hellenic American Center of the Arts
Salutation: Dr. George Kakavas, archaeologist and director of the EMA
Presentation: Dr. Alexandra Christopoulou, archaeologist

National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Patission 44, Athens
For free admission passes please call: 213 2144891 
www.namuseum.gr


A few words about the work and its creator
Prometheus Bound by Panagiotis Karousos World Premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 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, at the Ancient Agora of the Acropolis archaeological site, 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 also 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.