contemporary music, athens
the day will come George Koumendakis
PREMIERE 18 JUNE 2017
18 June 2017
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Ergon co-production with the
Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Conductor: Zoe Tsokanou
Director: Ektoras Lygizos
Dionyssis Sourbis (blind singer),
Myrsini Margariti (Helen of Troy)
Featuring: Nikos Nikopoulos (flute)
Kostas Tzekos (clarinet)
Babis Taliadouros (percussion)
Panagiotis Tziotis (violin)
Andonis Pratsinakis (cello)
Christos Sakellaridis (piano)
Starts at: 19.00 and 23.00
Installation-costumes: Petros Touloudis
Lighting: Eleftheria Deco
Giorgos Koumendakis’ work The Day Will Come... borrows verses from Homer’s two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey and follows the form of the original Renaissance opera. Written in 1986 following a commission from the Municipality of Heraklion Crete, the opera was then performed in Heraklion, Oslo, and Berlin.
The story transports us back to the last days of Troy, portraying the enigmatic figure of Helen in a male world of war, death and impending destruction.
The key episode comes from Rhapsody 4 from the Iliad: Menelaus and Helen recount the scene to Telemachus to extol his father’s genius: When the Trojan Horse was brought into Troy only Helen realized the Achaeans’ artifice.
Perhaps guided by some spirit, she begins to hover around the wooden horse and calls out to the Achaeans concealed inside by impersonating the voices of their wives. Almost tricked into giving themselves away, they are saved by Odysseus’ calm.
Zoe Tsokanou conducts Ergon Ensemble in this new staging of the work. The work is directed by Ektoras Lygizos, renowned for his idiosyncratic creations for theater and cinema.