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Markos Botsaris



Markos Botsaris


7 October 2021- 8 October 2021

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The School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the support of the Attica Region, presents the opera of Nikolaos Metaxas-Tzanis. The struggle of national regeneration, the historical events that took place and determined its course, but also the people who starred in them, were a source of artistic and creative inspiration for Greek composers of both the 19th and the 20th centuries. Many of these works of art are known, but there are others that are unknown or have been lost. Recent musicological research has uncovered in private archives one of the oldest Greek lyrical works on the Greek Revolution: the melodrama in three acts by Nikolaos Metaxas-Tzanis “Markos Botsaris”, a composition from 1854 that had been considered lost. The opera was studied and restored musically by the Greek Music Study Laboratory of the Department of Music Studies of the School of Philosophy of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and is presented in full stage form at the Veakeio Theater in Piraeus. This is the first world premiere of the project, as it seems that it was never presented in its entirety. With a modern directorial look and evocative atmosphere, the problems of restoring the composition are creatively addressed. At the same time, the historical physiognomy of the time and events is highlighted and the symbolic form of one of the most selfless heroes of the Revolution is honoured.

(Edited and translated description from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens website)

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