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
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.
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CLINTON'S SUPPORT FOR RETURN OF MARBLES SPARKS DEBATE IN UK
ALEXANDER THE GREAT GOLD COIN FOUND
Macidonian Press Agency 11/22/99
US President Bill Clinton's expressed support of Greece's
campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, which are currently
housed in the British Museum, has sparked a fierce debate in the United
Kingdom, with one side arguing that the marbles belong to their country
of origin and the other arguing that it's none of the US president's business.
The chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Heritage Group, Sir Patrick
Cormack, said that Mr. Clinton should stay out of the dispute. "This is
quite extraordinary. The ownership and custody of the Elgin Marbles is
no business of the president of the United States of America," he added.
On the other hand, author Christopher Hitchens, a fervent supporter of
the Marbles' return to the Parthenon, stated that "the British are now
given an unprecedented opportunity to take part in the restoration of
a priceless monument. Anyone who would turn down such an opportunity,
would be truly barbarian." The Marbles consist of 17 figures and part
of a 160-yard frieze that decorated the 2,500- year-old Parthenon. The
marbles were torn from the Parthenon in the early 19th century by Lord
Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.
Athens News Agency 10/29/99
A gold coin dating back to the era of Alexander the Great was found in Bodrum,
Turkey, during renovation work taking place on the occasion of the 700th
anniversary of the Ottoman Empire at the "Ottoman Tower" in the region.
According to an announcement by the Turkish mobile telephone
company Turksel, which has undertaken to fund the works, "it is a coin
from the era immediately after the enthronement of Alexander the Great."
The director of Bodrum's museum Oyuz Alpozen told the Turkish news agency
Anadolu that one side of the coin, estimated as belonging to the year
336 and weighing 8.6 grams, depicts Athena and the other the name of Alexander
written in Greek."
DELOS LIONS MOVING
Athens News Agency 10/26/99
A complicated operation to move five ancient stone lions
from the island of Delos to save them from further damage was to be undertaken
in October. Strong Cycladic winds and sea air have wrought havoc on the
lions, which are thought to date back to the 6th and 7th centuries B.C.
Only five are in a reasonable condition today, while only half of another
two can be saved and a further three are in fragments. The lions - each
thought to weight about 2.5 tons - were to be moved to a special hall
at the island's museum where they will be restored and exhibited. Replicas
of the statues will be placed along the road the lions guard on Delos.
The 'Lions Way' is a popular drawcard for the thousands of tourists who
visit the island annually.
GREEK POET LAUREATE SEFERIS
Macidonian Press Agency 10/13/99
The Culture Ministry will dedicate the year 2000 to Greece's
renowned poet Giorgios Seferis, 1963 Nobel Laureate in Literature, marking
the centennial anniversary since his birth in Smyrna. A series of events
will be held throughout the year, starting with Cyprus which will host
a seminar on Seferis. A vast selection of photographs, manuscripts and
personal items will be on display in Athens in an exhibition that will
travel throughout the cities associated with the life of the man who is
regarded by many as the greatest Greek poet of the 20th century.