Summer Nights Under the Stars: Your Guide to Herodeion's Must-See Shows

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Get ready for a summer of unforgettable performances at Athens' breathtaking Herodeion theater! The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is back, and it's bringing a lineup of global superstars and local legends that you won't want to miss.

Whether you're passionate about opera, moved by classical music, or crave the energy of contemporary artists, there's something for everyone under the Athenian sky. Here are just a few highlights to get you excited:

Opera Under the Stars:

  • Puccini's Tosca (June 1, 2, 6, 11): Prepare to be swept away by one of the most beloved operas ever written. The National Opera delivers a visually spectacular production with heart-stopping music, conducted by Loukas Karytinos and directed by the visionary Hugo de Ana.
  • Verdi's La Traviata (July 27, 28, 30, 31): Experience the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo in Verdi's masterpiece. The National Opera presents two incredible casts featuring opera stars like Nadine Sierra, Freddy De Tommaso, and Dimitris Platanias, so you can choose the performance that calls to you.

Musical Icons Take the Stage:

  • ANOHNI and the Johnsons (June 13): After a decade-long wait, ANOHNI and the Johnsons return with their powerful blend of music and activism. Be there for this highly anticipated world tour stop as they perform songs from their latest album and revisit fan favorites.
  • Sting (July 5-6): Prepare for two unforgettable nights as the legendary Sting graces the Herodeion stage. Joined by special guest Giordana Angi, Sting will captivate audiences with his iconic hits and musical storytelling.

Classical Music at its Finest:

  • A Trio of Stars: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, & Yo-Yo Ma (June 15): Witness the combined brilliance of three classical music giants. Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma come together for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Beethoven and other masterpieces.
  • Baroque Brilliance: Jakub Józef Orliński & Il Pomo d'Oro (July 16): Get ready for an electrifying performance by countertenor sensation Jakub Józef Orliński, whose voice has been called "the most eerily beautiful on the planet." He joins forces with the acclaimed early music ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro for an evening that will redefine your perception of baroque music.

Celebrating the Sounds of Greece:

  • A Century of Mimi Plessas (June 17): Greece celebrates one of its own as legendary composer Mimis Plessas turns 100! Join a constellation of beloved Greek artists and orchestras for a musical tribute to the man who has shaped the sound of Greece for generations.
  • Dionysis Savvopoulos: Our Postcolonization (July 8-9): Experience the power of music to celebrate freedom and democracy with legendary Greek artist Dionysis Savvopoulos. He's joined by a lineup of iconic Greek musicians for a special performance marking 50 years since the restoration of the Republic.
  • Tania Tsanaklidou: 50 Summers and Winters (July 14): Take a musical journey through five decades of Greek music with the extraordinary Tania Tsanaklidou. She'll be joined by special guests Stamatis Kraunakis, Michalis Delta, and Kostas Thomaidis for a night of unforgettable performances.

Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of live music under the stars at the historic Herodeion theater! Tickets are on sale now - visit [website address] for more information and secure your spot at these unmissable shows.

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