Grant to Support the Artistic Outreach of the Greek National Opera

SNF has extensively supported the work of the Greek National Opera (GNO), most significantly by creating its new home as part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). As part of this transition, SNF initiated as founding donor the GNO’s Alternative Stage, which emphasizes innovative creation, education, and social engagement. SNF has supported the GNO’s public outreach since before the construction of the SNFCC and has also supported its educational and social activities for diverse age groups, vulnerable populations, and specialized audiences.

In January 2019, SNF announced a major grant of €20 million to GNO for the implementation of a four-year programming and development plan that will enhance its artistic outreach and international presence. This plan includes the development of targeted artistic collaborations, co-productions, guest productions, and international tours that will contribute to the formation of a new artistic identity for the GNO. The grant also supports a yearlong program of events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, as well as a large promotional campaign in major media outlets across the world that will extend the GNO’s international reach.

With SNF’s support, the GNO’s four-year outreach program begins with collaborations with celebrated Greek and international artists, such as Yorgos Lanthimos, Olivier Py, and Marina Abramović, who join a stellar program for the 2019/2020 season. Six of the most ambitious and internationally acclaimed productions of the upcoming season, which include collaborations with the Vienna State Opera and the Paris Opera, are made possible by the SNF grant. In addition, through the SNF grant, the GNO Ballet has added eight new dancers to its roster.