The forgotten and ill treated operatic masterpiece of the Greek composer Pavlos Karrer who was a contemporary of Verdi and much influenced by him, got a second chance at the stage of the Greek Opera House.
Hearing again this opera I had the opportunity to re-evaluate this masterpiece which albeit it various problems was justifiably re enstated at the GNO’ s repertoire. However I could not forgo the thought of what Verdi would of done with this work had he the chance of writing music for it, for the libretto is remarkable. Karerr’s music is greatly influenced by Verdi’s musical language, however it contains many musical elements that give it a distinct flavor.
It is a great pity that the conductor Viron Fidetzis (a noted Greek musicologist who unearthed many Greek forgotten works), did not attempt a more subtle performance, but  chose to underline the more heroic louder parts of the score, there was not a moment bellow fortissimo, something that forced the voices of the soloists to such an extend that they overtaxed their voices, and condemned the audience to a constant headache.
  All things considered the soloists did their best, enjoying the music and proved that they can work miracles in adverse situations. Sophia Kyanidou sang with great feeling one of the most difficult roles of her career exhibiting a great technical ability which overcame the trappings of her role. We were glad to welcome back the tenor Antonis Koronaios on stage after such a long absence, who together with M.Papalexiou were the delights of the evening. K.Patsalidis, T.Apostolou, and V.Maifatova, undertook the smaller roles with success as well as the excellent Chorus of the House that sung it’s heart out throughout the performance.
The Ballet dancers I.Siatzko and V.Bizindi created a special atmosphere with their dance in the oracle scene of Delphi.
The opera was directed by the very talented I.Sideris who managed to avoid the Classical imagery of the romantic period and opted for a pseudo historical approach which avoided the danger of the whole spectacle becoming kitsch. G.Metzikoff’s superb costumes were a delight to the eyes, with their suggestive colors and the various masks and headdresses he used. I especially enjoyed the video projection of the rising morning sun before the battle during the interlude of the third act.
It was a production that did credit to the GNO , the audience enjoyed it immensely and therefore lets hope that many other forgotten Greek Operas will soon follow.