by Francisco Salazar
The Greek National Opera is set to launch GNO TV on Nov. 25.
The new streaming platform will showcase opera, ballet, music, and musical theater from the company’s historic performances. In a press release the organization noted, that will open its platform with a recent “Madama Butterfly” starring soprano Ermonela Jaho in the title role.
“Madama Butterfly” represents the first opera staged by the Greek National Opera in its history and the upcoming streamed production was recorded by a state-of-the-art eight-camera system and directed using special filmmaking techniques to offer a high-quality viewing and listening experience to the audience. Subtitles will be available in Greek, English, and French.
In a press release, Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera Giorgos Koumendakis said, “The creation of GNO TV, the new online TV channel of the Greek National Opera, raises the curtain on a new era for our organization. The difficult circumstances of the last months have given us the impetus to speed up and bring the future a step closer to us. Thanks to the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we have the pleasure to introduce a new platform for presenting our work –a new digital stage– that will make our artistic work accessible to the whole world. Our artistic outreach strategy acquires now a new dimension and we are ready to measure our forces and turn to the global audience side by side with all the prestigious opera houses in the world. With a low-priced ticket of 10€, the friends of the opera will be able to watch our performances from home. From January 2021 GNO TV will enrich its content with a wide range of selections from opera, ballet, music, music theatre, festivals, performances for children, etc. We will be waiting for you.”
In December, GNO TV will present the premiere of “Don Quixote” in a new production with the GNO Ballet, and at the end of December, the streamer will showcase “Don Giovanni” in an international co-production of the Greek National Opera, the Göteborg Opera and the Royal Danish Opera.
GNO TV will become fully operational at the beginning of January 2021 and will offer a wide variety of performances to the GNO audience.