THE FIRST LOVE Nikos Chatziapostolou 23, 24, 29, 30 May 2019 Greek National Opera Alternative Stage Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center A co-production with the "Rafi" music theater company Starts at: 20.30 |
The First Love, the work οf the most important Athenian operetta composer Nikos Chatziapostolou, tells the love story between two youths, their separation and reunion fifteen years later. A spicy and humorous story that sheds light upon unexpected aspects of post-war Greece: behind the extremely popular nostalgic melodies and tender lyrics of the songs, a bold and modern era emerges. Romantic relationships alternate between cynicism and romanticism, passions wane and are rekindled. Couples spin to the rhythm of waltz and fox trot, with the enchanting carelessness of the society that healed the wounds of the First World War, ignorant of what was about to follow.
The GNO Alternative Stage, following the great success of Gilbert and Sullivan’s production The Mikado, cooperates anew with the musical theatre company Rafi to revive Nikos Chatziapostolou’s legendary and rarely performed operetta. The work is directed by the actor Promitheas Aleiferopoulos and musically adapted by Michalis Paraskakis, one of the most prolific young contemporary music composers with a significant presence abroad. It is the first time that this particular work is mounted at the Greek National Opera, ninety years after its first staging.
A part of the third cycle of the GNO Alternative Stage’s 2019 Musical Theatre Days: Treasures of the Greek light musical theatre.
ORCHESTRATION - ADAPTATION
Mario Adrover Pardo