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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.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

10 thoughts on “Athens Festival: June performances under the Acropolis”
  1. Please mail me the news and the schedule of 2013 festival and other opera and dance performances at the Herodeon arena under the Acropolis. Thank you

      1. Please send us the 2013 Summer schedule for the Herodes Atticus Theater Festival and the Epidaurus Theater Festival when it becomes available. Thank you.

      2. i’d love to receive any information about theatre performances in the Herodes Atticus and other theatres/performance spaces including the Epidaurus and Little Epidaurus. Really appreciate your offer of help.

        1. Hi Brenda
          The performances at the Herodeon and in Epidaurus have not yet been announced for 2013. As soon as they are I will post them here and on Facebook. If you follow me on Facebook (, you’ll be among the first to see the calendar! Thanks for visiting.

  2. Please send me 2013 festival program, especially for Athens area. Love seeing anything at the Herod Atticus.

  3. I would appreciate it if you would please email me the 2013program of performances at Herodeon Atticus Theater and at Epidavros. We are coming to Greece tins summer and would like to purchase tickets in advance.
    Thank you.
    Ken Bagge

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