10 MAY 2019 / Greek National Opera Visits New York City

As it opens an exciting new chapter of its history, the Greek National Opera (GNO) paid a visit to New York City.

At a Thursday, May 9 event, GNO representatives discussed recent developments at the Opera, including relocating to its new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, created through the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s (SNF) largest gift to date. They shared initial indications of the results these new premises have had on its work and audience responses.

Also presented was the new €20 million SNF grant, announced in early 2019, to support the GNO in expanding its international presence and commemorating the Greek Revolution of 1821 with a year of events. The grant will make possible co-productions, guest productions, strategic collaborations, and international tours. As part of this broadening international footprint, the programming in honor of the Greek Revolution’s 200th anniversary will contextualize it as not simply as a local historical event, but as tied into broader historical phenomena.

SNF Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives Stelios Vassilakis gave a brief address.

The event was hosted in collaboration with the King Baudouin Foundation, which bridges donors in the United States with good causes abroad.