Who’s in the mood for a lockdown silver lining? Pandemic has fast-tracked the arrival of an exciting new on-line channel for the arts, courtesy of the Greek National Opera. With its sell-out contemporary operas and collabs with some of the world’s leading opera houses, the GNO has long played a starring role in the cultural canvas of Athens. But why should Greek audiences have all the fun? The new pay-to-view platform, GNO TV – to be properly up and running in January – will stream world-class opera, ballet, music and musical theatre to a wider global audience, in a bid to snare a share of opera’s growing online market. Kicking off GNO TV’s trial run will be Giacomo Puccini’s haunting libretto of sex, betrayal and suicide, Madama Butterfly, to be available on-line from 25 November onwards through GNO TV's content delivery network Akamai.
Hot on Puccini’s heels in December will be two GNO premieres, originally intended for live consumption: Don Quixote’s new production with the GNO Ballet, and Don Giovanni, an international collaboration of the Greek National Opera, the Göteborg Opera and the Royal Danish Opera.
From the beginning of 2021, you’ll be able to soak up a swag of performances, ranging from opera and ballet staged at the grand Stavros Niarchos Hall, to operetta, musical theatre and live festivals, as well as earlier GNO standouts, fresh online festivals, educational programmes and children’s productions. We’ll keep you looped when the complete list of GNO TV services is announced shortly. In the meantime, here’s a taste of things to come.