Κυριακή, 9 Απριλίου 2017

The opera Prometheus Bound with a seminar at the High Schools of Athens

Thursday, April 6, 2017. A major educational project take place in Secondary Education of Greece in Athens, with a presentation of the contemporary opera masterpiece based on Aeschylus' tragedy 'Prometheus Bound' set to Music by Panagiotis Karousos and the Stage Direction by Vasilis Asimakopulos.
The program started on January 31, 2017 at the 18th Athens High School, and continuous its presentations with a huge success with the 48th and 59th High Schools of Athens.
At the approved program of the Ministry of Education of Greece with the agreement of the Teachers' Association participated the lyric opera artists: Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass - Io: Irene Konsta, soprano - Ocean / Hermes: Theodoros Birakos, tenor - Violence / Athena: Dimitra Kamitsi, soprano - Victoria Kiazimi, piano.
To the modern opera preceded the seminar: "The prosody as a link of the opera with the ancient Greek tragedy."
The presentation of the seminar was made by Elias Koutsis, Director of the 18th Athens High School, Dr. Chrysoula Tsigris, School Counselor of Education in Athens, the philologist Dr. Anastasios Koutsoukos, who was coordinator, Paraskevi Makrinou, musician and the composer Panagiotis Karousos. He participated the mathematician Sophia Papadatou and Basiliki Pata singer of the 18th High School Choir that sang a prosody sample in a phrase of Prometheus accompanied on the piano by the musician Parasksvi Makrinou.
The students of Third Level of Athens High School 18th: Anna Maria Boura, Georgitina Kleiasiou, Joanna Shehu, Panagiota Vitsi, read the 2nd Choral of the Tragedy Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, and Athanasia Daniilidou read a reference text to "Prosody and Music".
The presentation of the Program attended two Departments of the 48th High School of Athens with the Director Despina Daras and the Teachers of French and German, three departments of the 59th High School of Athens accompanied by their professor of theology and two French Departments of the 18th Gymnasium accompanied by Professor Zoi Chorianopoulou.
The seminar covered the Themes: Music in Ancient Greece, Ancient Greek musical system, The orchestra instruments in ancient Greek drama, The ancient Greek tragedians, The ancient Greek theater. The music school Paraskevi Makrinou read: The kinds of voices in opera. The composer Panayiotis Karousos developed the meaning of prosody in relation to the development of opera and prose-prosody difference in ancient Greek tragedy. Also mentioned the connection of Opera and Ancient Greek tragedy and the contribution of prosody to the creation of Classical Music.
The presentation acclaimed by Elias Koutsis, director of the 18th our High School of Athens: "It is a great honor for the High Schools and Education to realizing this Program of the Ministry of Culture of Greece, a great educational project of the Ministry of Education that makes us particularly proud of the creator Panagiotis Karousos and his contribution. The composer is with us today with the worthy associates lyric opera singers to analyze and presented the opera "Prometheus Bound."
Attended by over 200 students who applauded enthusiastically the wonderful performances of the opera singers fine protagonists, Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Irene Konsta, Theodoros Birakos, Dimitra Kamitsi, and pianist Victoria Kiazimi. Dr. Chrysoula Tsigris, School Counselor in Athens Education, congratulated the opera singers of opera, the composer Panagiotis Karousos, and all actors and participants in the remarkable program of the Ministry of Education of Greece.













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.