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AN ICONIC ATHENIAN CONCERT HALL REOPENS TONIGHT

By THIS IS ATHENS TEAM at 03.Dec




When the curtain fell at the National Opera on Akadimias Street almost two years ago, the lights went up but the building remained in the dark. The National Opera moved to new, purpose-built premises at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, leaving behind its home of over 70 years. Now music will flood the halls again, after the City of Athens’ initiative to restore and revive the historic building.

The theatre has been renamed Olympia Municipal Music Theatre Maria Callas, in honour of the great Greek soprano. The red velvet seats, the grand staircase, and the wooden touches are all intact, but now you can also admire several personal items that belonged to Maria Callas that were originally collected for a museum devoted to the diva.

A free performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens the theatre’s programme tonight.

“Our aim is for this iconic building to regain and maintain its position as a living cultural space in the centre of Athens,” Athens Mayor Georgios Kaminis said.

Opera, jazz, musicals, concerts, children’s theatre and educational programmes are all on the agenda, as well as a series of festive Christmas performances and activities. There will be a free concert once a month. Prices for the rest of the performances have been set at affordable rates, so that everyone can rediscover this cultural landmark.

Olympia Municipal Music Theatre Maria Callas
59 Akadimias Street, Athens 106 79.
Tel.: +30 210 528 4800

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