- Posted September 1, 2013 by
OPERA COMPOSER PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS MADE AN HISTORY IN GREECE
None Greek composer ever achieved to present an opera at the Epidaurus!
The atmosphere at the sacred theater was mystical and the music composition brought a mysterious connection of the artists to the ancient spirit.
The composer Panagiotis Karousos that performed extraordinarily the part of Zeus said: “The ancient Greek spirit is alive and is here”.
The project was important in many ways. It was the first composer that set up in the classic forms of arias and duets the tragedy of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound.
The libretto is by the composer with some innovations on the poetic translation of Gryparis. Featured Goddess Athena and Zeus at the scene, and gives voice to Via character. The music is strongly melodic and perfectly expresses the great lyricism of Aeschylus. Karousos work was successfully presented in Canada, USA and Greece and above all previous Greek composer’s operas had considered as a masterpiece of the Modern Greek opera.
In the leading role of Prometheus Bass Vasilis Asimakopoulos gave to the role of Prometheus the correct Aeschylians tragedian, performed amazingly the difficult score of the composer. Asimakopoulos’ voice was rich and dramatic and interpreted the melodious arias giving his soul to the literally one of the toughest roles in the tragic repertoire. Along with him the soprano Irene Konsta performed the duet Prometheus - Io with passion. Also Ms. Konsta interpreted the roles of Violence and Goddess Athena given the correct status at diametrically opposite roles.
Tenor Dinos Kalivas interpreted the roles of Oceanus and Hermes with melodious voice. The Roles of Hephaestus and Zeus were performed by the composer - baritone Panagiotis Karousos unplugging all the rage and cruelty of Zeus. The flutist Danae Kioupouroglou and pianist Vivi Kleisoura accompanied well the lyric artists.