Vassia Zacharopoulou

Beware! The Prince is Messy

Beware! The Prince is Messy

Children’s Opera by Nikos Kypourgos

This Greek work, one of the greatest artistic and box-office successes of the previous season, is restaged, since the waiting lists were legendary long. Νikos Kypourgos’s comic opera, directed by Thomas Moschopoulos, who also penned the libretto, is based on the fairytale The Swineherd by Hans-Christian Andersen. The story is about a young prince who disguises himself as a swineherd in order to win the affections of a stuck-up princess. In Kypourgos’s version everything has been twisted and nothing is as it first appears. Dramatic events mix with comedy, emotions with cynicism and charm with disillusionment. Influenced by the world of Hadjidakis, Kypourgos’s score earned the hearts of both children and adults with its melodious and expressive style. Furthermore, the performance, under Moschopoulos’s direction, urged the audience to think about the unexpected happy ending of the piece. He certainly managed to address not only the young public but also the adult spectators.

A luxurious edition of the recorded work will be available at the premiere, released by Mikri Arktos and the GNO.

PREMIERE 7 NOVEMBER 2014

Libretto – Direction: Thomas Moschopoulos
Conductors: Yorgos Aravidis – Chryssanthos Alissafis

Revival Directors: Xenia Themeli – Konstantina Psoma
Sets: Evangelia Therianou
Costumes: Claire Bracewell
Lighting: Lefteris Pavlopoulos
Lighting diligence: Nikolaos Xydis

Evening performances (begin at 20.00):
7 & 22 November 2014 & 30 January 2015

Matinées (begin at 11.00 am):
16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 November 2014
20, 21, 23, 24 December 2014
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29 January 2015
1, 3, 4, 8, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 February 2015
1, 5, 6, 8, 10 March 2015

Prince: Νikos Stefanou / Charalambos Alexandropoulos / Ιoannis Kavouras

PrincessVassia Zacharopoulou / Μaria Mavrommati

King: Κostis Rasidakis / Costas Mavrogenis

Attendant: Theodora Baka / Μiranda Makrinioti  / Αthina Kastrinaki

Courtiers: Νiki Chaziraki – Ekaterini Krassa /Lito Messini – Μarilena Striftompola

Three little pigs: Manolis Lorentzos, Arkadios Rakopoulos, Vassilis Kostopoulos / Αnastasios Stellas, Vasilis                                                 Asimakopoulos, Αlexandros Loutas

With the GNO’s Children’s Theatre Orchestra

Official Trailer