I’ve said it before, and I am certain I will write it many times over … an evening at the Herodeon is magic, and promises to be a highlight of any stay in Athens. The ancient theater on the southern slope of the Acropolis, another project brought to Greece by Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus (this one in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla – I never have figured out why we don’t call it the “Regilla” or the “Aspasia” instead of the Herodeon) has hosted a lot of big names throughout the years, but in this particular case I’d say that the venue is more important than who is performing, so if you happen to be in Athens on a day when there is a performance, any performance, do yourself a favor and get tickets.
This year’s Athens Festival presents the following performances:
June 10 and 12-14, 2012 – Greek National Opera, Giuseppe Verdi, il Trovatore
June 16, 2012 – Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Works by Ravel, Hatzis, Poulenc
June 22 – 23, 2012 – A tribute to Markos Vamvakaris
June 28, 2012 – Athens State Orchestra, Works by Kalomiris, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Tickets may be ordered online via the festival website THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE.