I Pagliacci, the Suitcase Opera. © Vassilis Makris
You recently stated that ‘I believe it is indubitable that culture is the most powerful tool for growth and social cohesion for a country’. In the light of recent developments doesn’t this sound like an over-optimistic outlook? You will allow me to support this opinion even more so. This is not the opinion of an artist who lives outside reality but an opinion based on financial and social data. If culture is given the attention it deserves, results will be impressive for the economy, for society, for growth and for tourism. Talk to us about ‘The Suitcase Opera’ This is the crowning glory of our artistic production, the flagship of our extroversion. It is an opera production using a piano instead of an orchestra, with the GNO’s singers and stage props that can fit into… a suitcase! Our decision was to create opera productions that can be presented in small spaces throughout Greece. Our aim is to move opera outside the theatre and present it in unexpected venues such as museums, cultural centres, libraries, etc. Since 2011 we have presented La Traviata, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Carmen and I Pagliacci. Our performances have travelled to every corner of Greece, have been attended by thousands with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and, from this year, with sponsorship by Eurobank.
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