Athens Insider Summer 2022

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Maria Callas: The Sacred Flame

In her centenary year, Helena Matheopoulos pays tribute to Maria Callas whose operatic and personal style as the ultimate diva of her generation, coupled with almost endless drama and intrigue in her personal life, only contributed to her appeal as opera’s most iconic phenomenon. Forty five years after her death, Greek-born Ma...

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Meet Dino Rubino, the distinctive talent helming the Zenith Music Festival this year

Dino Rubino, the Sicilian jazz pianist known for his elegant, bluesy interpretation on the contemporary scene, promises to electrify the Athenian public at the Zenith Music Festival with his Dino Rubino New Trio. Their premiere performance at the august Gennadius Library will have jazz standards alongside compositions from the trio’s late...

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Bouzouki: The sound of Greek music

The tempo that builds in the bouzouki gives a real sense of the underlying raw emotion, of ‘rebetiko’s’ illegal past and its gentrification by the greats of modern Greek music, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hadzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis.The bouzouki is Greece’s siren call. To hear but a few bars is to instantly conjure raki-fueled nights a...

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Fragments of Perfect Anarchy: the story of an 18th century Hydra home cum music studio

In the sixties Hydra became an artists’ colony, even Leonard Cohen couldn’t resist and bought a house there. It has changed quite a bit since then and the simple lifestyle of those days changed into a more luxurious one. One local has been through it all – Stephan Colloredo-Mansfeld, who made his fortune being one of the first rare-record...

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