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24, July 2017

at REX Theatre / Kotopouli Stage


Artemis Bogri, soprano

Holger Falk, baritone
Kasper De Roo, conductor

Featuring: Nikos Nikopoulos (flute)

Kostas Tzekos (clarinet) 

Babis Taliadouros (percussion)

Panagiotis Tziotis (violin) 

Andonis Prachinakis (cello)

Christos Sakellaridis (piano)


Direction-Set and costume design: Paris Mexis

DIrector's Assistant:

Anna-Moscha Kamposou
Lighting design: Sakis Birbilis
Sound design: Katerina Vamva 
Artistic direction: Alexandros Mouzas


Peter Maxwell Davies

Eight Songs for a Mad King

Thomas Larcher 

My Illness Is the Medicine I Need

Iannis Xenakis








Ergon Ensemble returns to the Athens Festival with a performance on the theme of madness. Paris Mexis directs three classics of the contemporary music repertoire, performed by the rising soprano Artemis Bogrithe and the much-vaunted baritone Holger Falk, under the baton of the permanent associate of the team, internationally acclaimed conductor Kasper De Roo. 

The program includes 3 compositions closely associated with the theme of madness.

Iannis Xenakis’ Cassandra (1987) for baritone and percussion, which forms part of the composers’ remarkable opera, Oresteia,  Thomas Larcher’s My Illness Is the Medicine I Need, a piece for soprano, piano, violin, and cello (2002/2013), based on inner monologues of mental patients and Peter Maxwell Davies’  

Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969), for male voice and ensemble, an exploration of the mental illness of King George III.


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