The Greek National Opera is the state operated lyric opera company, which is situated at 59 Akadimias Street in central Athens. It is a public corporation as constructed under the observation and supervision of the Greek Ministry of Culture and administration as regulated by the Board of Trustees and its Artistic Director.
The organization, therefore, is deemed responsible for a good number of activities like presentation of opera performances, ballet, and musical theatre. Moreover, it conducts symphony concerts, special presentations of opera and ballet performances for children. It also supervises many Opera and Ballet Studio that let young artists to gain professional standards in their life. The Greek National Opera also organizes a national archive of music , music library and a museum with costumes, stage models, musical scores and many other items of great performances as showcased by the company. The company performs locally in Italy as well as internationally. The company tours both within Greece and internationally while on the course of performing activities and subjects related to other issues.
The performances as scheduled by the Greek National Opera are generally held at the four stages like as Olympia Theater that has its Maria Callas Central Stage which is prominent location for organizing opera and ballet. Acropol Theatre along with its New Stage and the Children’ Stage shows performances for the children and elders as well. Next in the series of stages is The Lyric Stage that is an experimental studio theatre. And in a new development the Stavros Niarchos foundation has declared that it will fund the construction of a new venue for the Greek National Opera, the Greek National Library and a cultural and environmental park at the Faliron area in Attica that would be going to be the next performing stage for Greek National Opera.
Historically, it was at the 1880s, the first Greek Opera was presented at the old Bukura Theatre in Athens and it occurred between 1888 and 1890 and the Greek Opera even toured the regions around substantial Greek diaspora demographies like Egypt, Turkey and Romania, showcasing operas like as Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Donizetti’s La favorite and Lucia di Lammermoor and Bellini’s La sonnambula.
It was after 1924, aftermath of the tour of the United States and forming a relevant cultural institution at home and abroad, the Greek government paced the company’s effort by given neutralize support. It was in around 1939 that the Greek National Opera was rightly formed under the management of Kostis Bastias, and from 1944 hence after as an autonomous organization in its present form and nature. The Chorus of the Greek National Opera is too much popular and is in existence from 1939, and is made up of professional singers. More to its operational activities it also handles a wide variety of Greek composers, operettas, oratorios and the musical works related to religious importance.