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Axion Esti



Axion Esti


29 October 2021
31 October 2021

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"The Greek National Opera honours Mikis Theodorakis with the presentation of his emblematic work Axion Esti to poetry by Odysseus Elytis. The new performance of the work, with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Greek National Opera, conducted by Stathis Soulis, with George Dalaras and Dimitri Platanias as soloists and Giorgos Gallos as narrator, is the first concert of the three-year tribute cycle to Mikis Theodorakis following his death and will be held as part of the tribute to the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. A performance of Axion Esti by the GNO forces in the context of the tribute to the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence carries with it irresistibly symbolic associations. Axion Esti will be the first performance of the Mikis Theodorakis cycle following the death of this great composer and will be dedicated to his memory. Fruit of that fertile and largely euphoric period of modern Greek history, the early 1960s, when the trauma of the Greek Civil War was progressively receding in the past, and new collectivities were enthusiastically seeking cultural expression, this paradoxically-named “popular oratorio” by Mikis Theodorakis (after the poet Odysseus Elytis’ magnum opus) was not only a watershed for Greek music and the career of its creator (“an ending that is (should be) also a beginning,” he writes) but, at the same time, a virtually revolutionary gesture of osmosis between the aesthetic and the political, the intelligentsia and the people, art and life."
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