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23 Jul 2004
IOC News , museum-news-articles

World premiere for "Olympiada" opera

Last Thursday, under a cloudless sky, the Olympic Museum terrace hosted the first ever performance of the opera Olympiada, which transports the audience to the heart of Ancient Greece.

Delighted audience
The audience was won over by the unashamedly modern music and words of Greek composer Petros Yannidis, who has nonetheless drawn inspiration from the traditional melodies and popular folklore of his country. He was commissioned to produce the score following a competition.

The story
The action is set in the third century BC, and the plot revolves around women and power. Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great, combines both elements. Queen of Macedonia, wife of a powerful king and mother of a great conqueror, she made her name in history as an ambitious, authoritarian woman who sought to impose herself in a world dominated by men.

Honouring the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Olympiada was written specially for the Olympic Games in Athens. Before a tour of French-speaking Switzerland and France this autumn, the musicians and singers, almost all from French-speaking Switzerland, will be in the Greek capital for a special performance during the Games of the Olympiad, as part of the cultural events that accompany the sports competitions. After the Games, they will perform in the famous amphitheatre at the foot of the Acropolis.

Olympiada will be performed again on 25, 27, 29 and 31 July, and on 5 and 7 August. For details and reservations, call 021 621 67 37.
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