Verdi, Cherubini, and Meyerbeer at the Roman Agora in Athens
23 July 2020

In recent years, the Greek National Opera (GNO) has consistently wowed audiences with its varied repertoire, rich productions, and standout artists. Its first live show following Greece’s lockdown continued this trajectory.

Outdoors at the ancient Roman Agora of Athens, one of the world’s most distinguished mezzo-sopranos, Anita Rachvelishvili, performed her first personal recital to an audience consisting of health and government workers in recognition of their efforts against the pandemic. During a magical evening last Saturday, the internationally renowned artist performed arias by Verdi, Cilea, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Cherubini, and Meyerbeer under the musical direction of Lukas Karytinos.

People around the world were also able to enjoy the performance through a livestream made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of the Foundation’s grant supporting the GNO’s artistic outreach.

The GNO concert was part of the new “All of Greece, One Culture” initiative from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.