The Greek National Opera’s Alternative Stage presents an unconventional adaptation of one of Manos Hadjidakis’ most famous works, on December 6 and 7. It is a Baroque adaptation of Magnus Eroticus, with the lyrics sung in English for the first time and is part of the ‘Manos Hadjidakis Cycle’, which revisits some of the composer’s most famous as well as more obscure pieces.

Starting from the sui-generis instrumental ensemble of Hadjidakis’ original work, gambist, director and visual artist, Andreas Linos, alongside an exquisite group of musicians, proposes a paradoxical, yet attractive reading of what is perhaps the composer’s most important song cycle, interpreted by the Broken consort, an English baroque music ensemble.

“Magnus Eroticus is not dressed in local folk costumes. It is dressed in its own clothes which are a composition of difficult combinations of sounds, light colours and poetic dreams. It does not contain messages easily erased by the rain, it doesn’t fight back. The order these poems follow, forms an unbreakable song cycle, a mass for Magnus Eroticus – something like the vespers for the Saints at some far away deserted chapels with the participation of imaginary angels, lovers, virgins and adolescents. It is a strange litany, yet natural, in our inner and secret life. These songs are not sensual. They operate in practice, in the deep sense of any relationship, in every form, provided it contains the conditions for human communication, ” wrote Hadjidakis on November 28, 1972.


When: December 6 and 7 at 18.30 & 20.30

Where: Greek National Opera Alternative Stage at the
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.