It’s hard to say which one will emerge the brightest star of the night.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Athens’ stupendous 2,000 year-old Roman arena that's hosted the likes of Callas and Sting.
Or the smouldering Munich-born tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who has long been one of the hottest tickets in opera, thanks to those deep burnished baritones.
We predict a draw.
Kaufman is globally adored for his searing stage presence and ability to rally, not only opera buffs, but music lovers from all musical horizons - so don’t miss this rare chance to catch the “King of Tenors” do his thing on the legendary Odeon stage in a one-off recital on Sunday 12 September.
The opera gala – originally planned for last summer - is one of the kingpins of the Greek National Opera’s tribute programme for the 2021 Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.
Make sure to grab your seats early though. Kaufmann’s performances are known to sell out in hours, as fans flock from all over the world to catch their favourite tenor idol.
No teasers yet on exactly which works Kaufman will reprise from his extensive repertoire - but we can hardly think of anything more magical than being carried away by that phenomenal voice, backed by the Greek National Orchestra, at this history-soaked site under the gaze of the Parthenon. Goose-bumps guaranteed.