On behalf of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) the event was attended, among others, by Ms. Lenia Vlavianou, SNF's Group Director of Public Affairs and Assistant Chief Operating Officer, who offered brief opening remarks on the SNF’s and its Co-President’s, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos’s, behalf.
Segment from the Documentary “Greek National Opera: The history of Opera in Greece"
The two organizations began their joint creative journey already before the completion of the construction of the SNFCC, SNF’s largest single grant, with the “Opera in a suitcase” program, supported exclusively by the SNF, as part of which GNO presented opera productions free to the public, each time in a different city across Greece. Following SNFCC’s official delivery to the Greek State, the SNF continued its support to GNO through a grant, totaling €5 million, to ensure its smooth relocation to its new premises at the SNFCC. In addition, the SNF supports the Alternative Stage and the implementation of its programming, with a founding grant, as well as many of GNO's educational and social activities.