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The Soccer Opera

Polyplanity Productions-The Soccer Opera
DIRECTED BY: Sofia Simitzis
Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Pireos 260, Hall D Chios Music Festival-Municipal Stadium of Chios Municipal Stadium of Oinousses
5 & 6 July 2021, 11, 12 & 13 August 2021
Polyplanity Productions-The Soccer Opera

Football (also known as soccer in some countries): the most popular sport in the world. We all have childhood and teenage memories from football matches between kids in the neighborhood and rival schools or matches in squares and local fields. Elefterios Veniadis draws on his own exciting football memories for his new, strikingly original opera.What if you watched a 3x3 soccer match where opera singers and dancers served as players, with two rival choirs as fans, chanting demanding polyphonic songs in place of mottos? And what if the sportscaster stopped commenting on the game and started providing political commentary on world news instead? Set pieces, penalty kicks, yellow cards, protests, goals, missed opportunities, offside, extra time: these are the ingredients of an unexpected libretto by Austrian writer Gerhild Steinbuch, directed into an opera by Sofia Simitzis.
The performers/football players are joined on stage by the Ventus Ensemble and the Sonorae Youth Chorus of the “Maria Callas” Music School of Kalamata, Conducted by Faidra Giannelou.

Music composition - Concept - Live commentator: Eleftherios Veniadis
Directed by: Sofia Simitzis
Original text - Libretto - Dramaturgy: Gerhild Steinbuch
Translated by Maria Manti
Conductor: Faidra Giannelou
Set design: Thomas Goerge
Costume design: Thomas Goerge - Gina Iliopoulou
Assistant to the set designer: Gina Iliopoulou
Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Video: Dionysis Sidirokastritis
Movement: Mikes Glykas, Konstantinos Papanikolaou
Accompaniment - Vocal coaching: Beata Pincetić, Christos Sakellaridis
Sound engineer: Panagiotis Paraskevaidis - AUX studio
Assistant to the director: Giorgos Koutlis

Performers: Angeliki Zoe Karagkouni-soprano, Dionysis Melogiannidis-tenor,
Dionysis Tsantinis, baritone,Irini Tzanetoulakou-contralto
Dancer: Konstantinos Papanikolaou
Actor: Mikes Glykas

Ventus Ensemble consisting of Dimitris Gkogas, Fanis Vernikos -trumpets, Giannis Gounaris-French horn, Spyros Vergis-trombone, Menelaos Moraitis-tuba, George Boukaouris-percussion

Sonoare Youth Chorus of the Maria Callas Kalamata Music School
Vocal coaching - Conductor: Katerina Tsitsa

Co-production Chios Music Festival
Executive producers: Chios Music Festival, Ioanna Valsamidou, Ifigenia Kondyli, Vicky Strataki
Sonorae youth choir supported by the Austrian Embassy in Athens, Municipality of Kalamata, "Faris" Kalamata Municipality Charitable Organisation, Peloponnese Region, Sun Bus Stin Kalamata tourist agency
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