with magnificent arias and epic choruses- like the widely known Anvil- Verdi’s romantic opera “Il Trovatore” at Herodion thater was the most suitable choice for a warm june evening. I also enjoyed the artistic direction and costumes of Stefano Ponta- although the cast must had been suffocating for two and a half hours, under the heavy leather-like coats
Backstage at the rehearsal of “Romeo & Juliet” balletthe other day, me and Christos had the chance to take a close look at the costumes, all made by Celia Kritharioti and her brother Nikos. And if you like these, wait until you see the costumes of the prima ballerina that played Juliet.
images from a week that had lots: a Pucci summery skirt soft like a wave, a parcel from brand new and very promising Tag.Your.Closet, python sandals, a birthday cake and overwhelming feelings with mom at Herodion theater for Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci
i finally made it and woke up in time today to see the exhibition of sculptor, painter, installation artist and costume designer Yiannis Metzikof at the National Glyptotheque. more than 230 impressive costumes and masks are gathered to highlight the artist’s great contribution to the theater and if you visit before 13.00 you’ll have Mr. Metzikof himself to tour you around sharing precious information
having spent last weekend pretending to be on vacations, on saturday evening i took the walk to Herodion Theater to watch Bellini’s Norma. i always catch a play every summer at Herodion, the atmosphere cannot be compared to anything else
i was pleasantly surprised to see a modern direction of the play, with costumes and sets following the same minimalism. In the story, the male co-star falls in and out of love TOO many times with Norma and that doesn’t make him very popular, as you can imagine, but they die together hand-in-hand at the end. i strongly believe Norma should never have followed him into the fire but women in love are so stupid.
after that and for many hours i stayed at my friend’s balcony at Thissio enjoying the view above, and found it extremely difficult to take the decision and actually leave. who can blaim me.
The most popular aria from the play, Casta Diva (which always reminds me of that Aparadektoi episode with Spyros’s boss eating chicken listening to Casta Diva, hilarious) by Montserrat Caballe.
it might have been a rather yellow/sepia day yesterday but contrary to this ill moodiness i chose tons of color for today’s shooting. The sweet girl photographed by Sylvia Diamantopoulou is actress Anna Kalaitzidou, the security guard that most of you know from the movie “Dogtooth” (at least we didn’t keep those two co-stars apart for a long time!)
Anna’s picture was taken at the impressive set-up of the play she takes part ‘What the butler saw’ at Aliki Theater, wearing a wonderful Diane von Furstenberg silk dress and suede Patrizia Pepe platforms.
this colorful backstage picture surely made my day though it was really hard for me to choose just one dress for Anna from all these jewels i picked for her
friday’s coming closer and i can’t wait because a few weeks ago i purchased tickets for Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”, at the Athens Concert Hall. Madama Butterfly it’s in the top 3 of my favorite lyric plays, among Puccini’s “Turandot” and Bizet’s” Les pecheurs de perles” and i had a chance to see it a couple years ago at the Greek National Opera- not a very succesfull cast though. there’s a love story (of course! what were you thinking?) but it’s not as simple as that, because there’s also some strong motherhood nuance that makes the story dramatic and heart-breaking in a different way than other romantic operas.
here for you is the most well known aria from the play, by Maria Callas, since i suppose there isn’t any other better version
Butterfly’s dreaming of the day that her beloved husband will return home after a long absence and describes it with every detail: One beautiful day we will see a puff of smoke on the far horizon. Then a ship will appear and enter the harbor. I won’t go down to meet him,no, i’ll wait on the hill for him to come. After a long time, i’ ll see in the far distance a man beginning the walk out of the city and up the hill. When he arrives, he will call “Butterfly” from a distance- but i will not answer, partly for fun and partly not to die from the excitement of the first meeting. Then he will speak the names he used to call me: “Little one. Dear wife. Orange blossom.” I promise you that this will happen.
Hey youuuu…(charming-georgeous-sneaky fox!) quel hommage!
Would say happy to leave? noooo…Colder moodier here? yeeeess…
But then you think..i really did miss paris..first night enjoy the snow outside your window, second night catch a play – and so we headed to watch sublime Isabelle Huppert as Blanche Dubois at Théâtre de l’Odéon in an ambitious adaptation of A Streetcar named Desire, by Krzysztof Warlikowski.
Wanted to say wonderful, innovating and it’s all about art but cannot..so left out, so excluded by the attemp of Warlikowski (seen as the great innovator of contemporary theater), really saw his vision and his interpretation of a classic play but sometimes the innovation lies to not giving your best to slaughter a masterpiece. Every single scene stood out, never giving the sense of an entity and seemed more as just enlighting the glory of the actress..Isabelle..only there you got me mister..Saved YOUR ass.
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Say that you try combining fashion with architecture and lyric theater: what do you get? you get Verdi’s “Attila” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Miuccia Prada is one very creative, smart, talented business woman. The news is that together with Herzog & de Meuron will do the costume and set design of the famous Verdi’s opera “Attila”, which will debut in New York on February 23rd at the Metropolitan Opera. A flash trip to the Big Apple perhaps?
more info here
Attila and his Hordes Overrun Italy and the Arts (detail) by Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix. Oil and virgin wax on plaster. Bibliothèque, Palais Bourbon, Paris.
One of the three photo-shoots I had to do today was taking place at the newly opened National Theater. I first visited it a few months ago to watch Dimitris Papaioannou play “Nowhere” , but today I had a chance to walk around a bit and get a better look at the theater and the central stage. Beautiful, isn’t?
For the time being, you can choose between three different plays at the central stage of Ziller building: Uncle Vanya, Don Juan and The Lady from the Sea: www.n-t.gr
And matching with the surrounding, I took a shot of a 21st century’s Cinderella crystal sandals, from Sergio Rossi SS/2010 collection.