Cultural Clippings












This page contains news and notes about various recent discoveries or developments pertaining to Hellenic Culture.

Previously posted clippings.

Australia to Return Stolen Ancient Greek Artifacts Melbourne, 7/20/2000 (ANA) The Australian government will return to Greece an impressive collection of 33 objects of ancient Greek art stolen from Greece and sold by antiquities smugglers in Australia. The antiquities were recovered by the Australian Federal Police.

Mycenaean Vaulted Tomb Finds Athens, 7/20/2000 (ANA) Archaeologists made a considerable find near the Kladeos River at Ancient Olympia recently, as they discovered human skeletons and 100 urns dating back to the Mycenaean era in the 13th vaulted tomb they have unearthed. According to their assessments, it is one of the rarest and most important discoveries to be made in the Ileia prefecture, in the Peloponnese, in past years due to both the quantity and value of the artifacts found. Excavations are continuing in the region since there are serious indications that many more vaulted tombs exist having a considerable content.

Greek National Theatre to open historic first night at Colosseum after 1,500 years ROME, 19/07/2000 (ANA - L. Hatzikyriakos) After a 15-century hiatus, Rome's Colosseum will on Wednesday be resurrected for use as an entertainment venue when it hosts a performance of Sophocles' ancient Greek tragedy "Oedipus Rex" by the Greek National Theatre company.

Attending the opening night, which also marks the Colosseum's resurrection as a functioning show venue, will be Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian Premier Juliano Amato, Italian Culture Minister Giovanna Melandri and Greek Culture Minister Theodoros Pangalos.

The return of the Colosseum to "active duty" was made possible by restoration work that was completed last year and by the building of a 1.5-billion-lire wooden stage.

Archaeologists discover Roman-era statue of Apollo on Lesvos Athens, 18/07/2000 (ANA) A statue from the Roman era, possibly representing Apollo in thought, was discovered by archaeologists during an emergency dig in the town of Mytilene, Lesvos. The dig began when excavation work to lay down sewage lines revealed antiquities. According to a Monday announcement, the marble statue depicts a man resting his elbow on his left leg but is missing the head, right arm and right leg and archaeologists say it may be an important work of art. It was found within the boundaries of the town's Hellenistic necropolis.

Tantalus World Premiere in Denver

Mikes Theodorakis' Opera Electra The eagerly-anticipated U.S. premiere of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis' new opera, Electra, to be sung in Greek, will take place in a concert version at Carnegie Hall on June 11, 2000, at 2 p.m., under the baton of Peter Tiboris, who will conduct the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, and a cast of Greek and Greek-American singers, led by Greek-American mezzo-soprano Reveka Mavrovitis in the title role. Also appearing in Electra are several artists from Athens.

The 80-member chorus is composed of the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York (Nikolai Kachanov, director) and the Nyack College Chorale (Paul Liljestrand, director).

Theodorakis' Electra will be performed in Greek with English surtitles by the Greek scholar and Theodorakis biographer, Gail Holst-Warhaft.

The libertto, by Spyros A. Evangelatos, is based on the modern Greek translation by K. Ch. Myris. Electra is the second work in Theodorakis' "Lyric Trilogy" (Medea, Electra, Antigone). Medea was given its world premiere in Bilbao, Spain, in 1991. Electra received its first performance in Luxembourg in 1995, and Antigone will premiere this October at the Megaron in Athens.