National Opera provides free tickets to the unemployed for “Romeo and Juliet” dress rehearsal

The Greek National Opera (GNO) is offering 300 tickets to the unemployed for the dress rehearsal of Charles Gounod’s opera “Romeo et Juliette”, to be held at 19:00 at the Cultural Centre of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation on Friday (Feb. 23).

It is the first time in its history that the GNO will perform the opera, which was written in five acts by Gounod (1818–1893), based on William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. The performance is part of the “French Opera” cycle and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

There will be six regular performances of the opera at the GNO’s new premises at the Niarchos Centre, from February 25. Lucas Karytinos will conduct the orchestra and Nikos Mastorakis is directing.

Acclaimed Greek soprano Myrto Papatanasiu and tenor Ismael Jordi will perform in the roles of Juliet and Romeo, respectively.

Unemployed people can pick up a maximum of two tickets for the dress rehearsal by showing their police ID and their unemployment card on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Ticket Services, 39 Panepistimiou (in the Pesmazoglou arcade), from 12:00 to 15:00. For more information, call 2130885700.