Παρασκευή, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2016

THE OPERA "PROMETHEUS BOUND" BY PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS AT LA SORBONNE PARIS (Amphithéâtre Richelieu)

UNESCO CLUB OF PIRAEUS & ISLANDS
Paris-Sorbonne University 
Théâtre Démodocos, Service culturel de l'université Paris-Sorbonne, Festival des Dionysies
PROMETHEUS BOUND BY AESCHYLUS
Music by PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
Directed by VASILIS ASIMAKOPOULOS
“The Masterpiece Tragedy of Aeschylus Comes to Paris”
Dedicated to the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens
MONDAY 4 APRIL 2016
Amphithéâtre Richelieu (Sorbonne)
17 Rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris, France 
By Invitation Only / Time 8:30pm 
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass 
Io: Irene Konsta, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Philip Modinos, tenor 
Via/Oceanide/Athena: Kassandra Dimopoulou, mezzo
Victoria Kiazimi, piano 
Presentation: Ioannis Maronitis, president of UNESCO Club of Pireaus & Islands
Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos
philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He did many concerts in Canada and USA with his Symphony No.1 “Liberty”, and Symphony No.2 “Olympic” with Astoria Symphony, the FACE Symphony Orchestra, the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra and the Monteregie Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestros Silas Nathaniel Huff, Andre Gauthier, Theodora Stathopoulos and Luc Chaput. The Piano Concerto was presented with pianist Nathalie Joncas under UNESCO auspices in the Montreal Popular Concerts series in Montreal’s Maurice Richard Arena to an audience of 5000 people. The Olympic Flame choir was presented with the Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Gunst wat'n Kunst at Hague, Holland, with maestro R. Pylarinos. The opera Alexander the Great presented in Montreal at the Montreal Notre Dame Basilica, in Chicago Illinois conducted by David Stech, in North Carolina Theatre under the direction of Grant Gilman, and in Toronto at P.C. Ho Theater Cultural Center of Toronto with the Sneak Peak Symphony Orchestra of Toronto University and soloists under the direction of maestro Victor Cheng. The opera Prometheus represented in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. From 2013 he did major presentations of Prometheus in Ancient Greek Theaters (Epidaurus, Messina, Ancient Agora), and the National Archeological Meseum of Greece. In 2014 Prometheus presented with bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos in the United Nations and in Mamie Fay auditorium of New York under the auspices of UNESCO. His Symphony No.4 “Earth” premiered with City of Athens Symphony Orchestra with maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis. 
Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Irene Konsta
Few words about the opera “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos. 
Io: Irene Konsta
Based on Aeschylus tragedy “Prometheus Bound” by Panagiotis Karousos first premiered in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and played until 2000 in French in the translation of Professor Jacques Bouchard Director of Modern Greek Literature and Neohellenic Studies of the University Center of Montreal. In 1998 the work presented in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills City Hall. In 2008 represented in New York and Washington in English under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman, and American soloists from the opera of New York. The opera impressed with its high lyricism. In Greece “Prometheus Bound” presented at the Municipal Theatres of Athens, Salamina, Argostoli, Lixouri, Ithaca, Cholargos, Chalkis, Corynth, at the Concert Hall of the Greek Writers, in “Parnassos” Concert Hall, in the Old Parliament House, at the Theatre Veakeio, and the Theatre “Jenny Karezi”. In 2013 bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos did unforgettable presentations of the opera as a director and leading role at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Ancient Theatre Ekklesiasterion (Odeon) in Ancient Messene, the Ancient Agora at the Ancient Site of Acropolis, and the National Archeological Museum of Greece, and performed the main arias of the opera at “Parnassos” Concert Hall conducted by E. Kalkanis. Recently the opera Prometheus Bound represented in New York, Queens and United Nations Headquarters, Manhattan under the auspices of UNESCO Club of Pireaus and Island.


Κυριακή, 24 Ιανουαρίου 2016

UNESCO Opera Director Panagiotis Karousos attended Verdi's La Traviata at Royal Opera House in London

La traviata


Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production, with three world-class casts led by Venera Gimadieva, Maria Agresta and Nicole Cabell.

The presentation was marvelous at the traditional form with frew modern interferances, that remained the production at the calssical forms.

Panagiotis Karousos, opera director of UNESCO at Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Especially I liked the Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu at the role of Alfredo and the direction of Maestro Abel. 

Costumes where and setting where glamorous as well as the direction of Richard Eyre. 

La traviata: Tuesday 19 January 2016, 7pm


Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Francesco Maria Piave
Director
Richard Eyre
Designer
Bob Crowley
Lighting designer
Jean Kalman
Movement director
Jane Gibson



Performers


Conductor

Yves Abel
Violetta Valéry
Venera Gimadieva
Alfredo Germont
Saimir Pirgu
Giorgio Germont
Luca Salsi
Flora Bervoix
Andrea Hill
Gastone de Letorières
Luis Gomes
Annina
Sarah Pring
Baron Douphol
Yuriy Yurchuk
Doctor Grenvil
James Platt
Marquis D'Obigny
Jeremy White
Giuseppe
Neil Gillespie
Messenger
John Bernays
Servant
Michael Lessiter
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House