8 JULY – 19 AUGUST
8 JULY – 19 AUGUST
Moments of glory
An homage to Maria Callas, by the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, at Sani Hill
The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra’s homage to Maria Callas will bring to memory the exceptional voice and presence of that great star, a landmark in the history of opera who defined the future development of song. Callas combined her divine talent with a fairytale-like personal story, riveting public interest. The ugly duckling turned swan conquered the entire world and then shook it to its foundations with her tempestuous personal life, creating an indelible myth.
The T.S.S.O. is one of the most important cultural bodies in Greece, very active and with rich social and educational work, since its foundation in 1959. Significant figures in Greek music have undertaken its artistic direction, such as its founder, Solonas Michailidis, Giorgos Thymis, Karolos Trikolidis, Leonidas Kavakos, and Alexandros Myrat. The current director is head musician and Professor Georgios Vranos, while it comprises of a total of one hundred and five musicians. Its repertoire covers all musical developments, from baroque music to pioneer compositions of the 21st century, while its spectrum of activities includes a broader framework of musical genres, such as opera and ballet performances, accompanying silent films and rock symphonies. On the Sani Festival stage it will be accompanied by soprano Myrsini Margariti, who has performed as permanent soloist at the Halle Opera (Germany) and many others in Europe. Ms Margariti has also performed in many major opera and song festivals. With her, renowned tenor Yiannis Christopoulos, who has performed at many international festivals and opera productions around the world. The maestro will be world famous Michalis Economou, who holds the position of director of the Musical Department at the National Technical University of Athens, is the permanent conductor of the Malta Philharmonic, the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra in Hungary, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and, finally, the maestro of OPERALIA, Placido Domingo’s international competition.