At the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, at the foot of the Acropolis, Jonas Kaufman, one of the greatest tenors in the world, performed.
Pleasure was received not only by the listeners, but also by the performer himself, who, according to him, performed where the gods dwell. This is the oldest stage of all, where the great artist had to perform – the Odeon was built in 161. Accompanied by the orchestra of the Greek National Opera, Jonas Kaufman performed arias from Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Tosca.
Yorgos Kumendakis, artistic director of the Greek National Opera, says:
“We were very lucky in Greece, because in this country there are many ancient theaters, ancient theaters of the classical Roman-Hellenistic eras, real ancient conservatories. We used the colossal energy of these places in the best possible way. “
Reviews of the great tenor are the most enthusiastic:
“The acoustics in amphitheaters are generally very good. The Greeks, of course, knew how to build properly. Here many Greeks have already told me: “You will feel that you are communicating with the gods.” Because we are not far from the place where the gods dwell. “
Conductor Jochen Rieder did not stand aside from the discussion of the concert:
“The highlight of the performance, of course, is the aria Nessun Dorma, which Jonas Kaufmann has performed only a few times so far – you can count on one hand how many times he has performed this aria. And every time it’s a great pleasure, people are delighted, and it’s a really special experience. ”