Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The artists were greeted with cheers and applause of an enthusiastic audience.
The "Olympic Flame" opera by Panagiotis Karousos, based on Sophocles' tragedy "Trachiniae", was presented with great success at the Open Theater of Sara in Markopoulo.
It was a fantastic performance with amazing voices and theatrical performances that made the audience happy. Despite the heat (42 degrees) was attended by over 500 spectators who applauded the starring director and soprano Irini Konsta and amazing co-star, bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos in the roles of Hercules and Hyllus, tenor Theodoros Birakos in the role of Eurystheus, soprano Dimitra Kamitsi in the role of Alcmena, and pianist Victoria-Fjoralba Kiazimi in the music direction.
The famous Greek soprano Irini Konsta achieved the greatest results in the effort to direct the play while playing the role of Deianira. Irene Konsta was a true tragedian with the air of an opera Diva, her voice of a dramatic soprano recognized by the complicated psychological and sonic role of Deianira.
Bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos was amazingly interpretive in acting with vocal powers, giving a tough and distant Hercules, and a dramatically impressive Hyllus in the human terms like another Hamlet.
Tenor Theodoros Birakos in the role of Eurystheus gave to the king the prestige and interpreted with bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos an amazing duet.
Soprano Dimitra Kamitsi in the role Alcmena showed all the affection to the doleful Deianira, enduring as a tragic figure silently, and interpreted a melodic aria and a touching lyrical duet with soprano Irini Konsta.
The piano's accompaniments was delighted by virtuoso pianist Victoria-Fjoralba Kiazimi, where, with her fine technique, she performed as the orchestra the hard work.The Markopoulo Municipality authorities addressed to the public, Zoe Karapetsa, Vice-Mayor of Markopoulo Mesogaias, Ioannis Politis, President of the Public Benefit Society of Markopoulo KDEM, Sofia Moula, President of KDEM. The message of Mayor Sotiris Methenitis was announced to the audience. Among others attendees were Professor Dr. Anastasios Koutsoukos, Ms Sophia Papadatou, Dr. Chrysoula Tsigri, and the composer of the opera Panagiotis Karousos.
Opera "Olympic Flame" based on the tragedy "Trachiniae" by Sophocles
Modern masterpiece opera "Olympic Flame" Panagiotis Karoussos, made a triumphant debut at Lincoln Center in New York on March 26, 2016. On July 5, 2016 reappeared in ancient Greek costumes and directed by the United States in the Summer Festival of Astoria to the occasion Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic Flame of Panagiotis Karousos is an opera in two acts relating to the mystery death and life of Hercules and the foundation of the Olympic games.The opera as a whole is based on the Olympic flame and as it unfolds it gives the basic meaning behind the ancient Greek religious ritual, in order to bring people closer to the gods.