The Ascra Progressive Association «The Hesiod» presents
the opera «Prometheus Bound» by Panagiotis Karousos
under the auspices of the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands
PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus
Music by PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS
Directed by VASILIS ASIMAKOPOULOS
Ascra Cultural Center
Saturday, 26th November, 2016, 8pm
Prometheus: Vasilis Asimakopoulos, bass
Io: Irene Konsta, soprano
Oceanid / Hera: Vanessa Kalkanis, soprano
Ocean/Hermes: Theodore Birakos
Amfitrite/Athena: Katerina Maniou
Via: Augusta Totti
Maria Giavroumi, piano
Greetings: Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus & Islands and Member of the Executive Board of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) for Europe and North America.
Aeschylus’ masterpiece “Prometheus Bound” in opera:
The lyric tragedy «Prometheus Bound» is the first Greek popular opera presented internationally and always with great success in areas such as the Sorbonne, Place des Arts in Canada, Epidaurus, UN, getting rave reviews.
The opera is based on the tragedy of Aeschylus ‘Prometheus Bound’ translated by Gryparis, and presented with costumes in a theatrical form.
Prometheus was presented in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and performed intermittently in French until 2000. In 2008 moved to New York and Washington under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman. In Greece Prometheus ascended at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, Theatre of Ancient Messene, Ancient Agora, National Archaeological Museum, Theatre Veakeio, International Petra Festival, Theatre Saras Markopoulo, in the Municipal Theatres Cholargos, Corinth, Halkida, Argostoli, Ithaka, Zakynthos, in Peristeri Park, at the Hall of Society of Greek Writers, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, Evripidio Theatre of Salamis Island, Theatre «Jenny Karezi», Tsagarada Pelion, etc.
With the patronage of UNESCO was presented in March 2014 in New York City in Queens Auditorium and the UN starring Vassilis Asimakopoulos representing Greece at the UN, and in the Amphitheater Richelieu of the Sorbonne in Paris, presented by Ioannis Maronitis, President of the Club for UNESCO Piraeus & Islands and Member of the Executive Council of the World Federation Clubs, Associations & UNESCO Centres (WFUCA) for Europe and North America.
Under the direction of conductor Eleftherios Kalkanis presented at the Third Programme of Greek National Radio-Television ERT, the Concert Hall of Literary Society «Parnassos», and in the Old Parliament House of Greece.
The opera «Prometheus Bound» Panagiotis Karousos has created a unique story in Greek opera. For the first time a Greek opera itself becomes popular. The work expresses the voice of the popular fighter giving hope and courage in the social and moral decadence. The rebel Prometheus brings the fire of knowledge, and the universal message of resistance against all sorts of tyrannical powers. In today’s violent and turbulent era hero Prometheus brings a message of hope. Not only the high lyricism of Aeschylus and the symbolism of Prometheus the Titan touched both the world, but is the inspired music creation of Panagiotis Karousos that awakening primordial feelings unseen to listeners.
The kind of opera has global reach and visibility and is not kind of fun but instructive, uplifting spiritual and mental progress, the work is a great contribution to the culture of humanity, as an achievement of the human mind, with deep roots in ancient Greek tragedy.