The opera “Abu Hassan” by Carl Maria von Weber is presented by the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 21:00, at the Royal Theatre, in Thessaloniki.
Weber’s one-act comic oriental opera is being revived for one and only performance, in a production that is a partnership of the School of Melodrama, the Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki under the musical direction of conductor Vladimiros Symeonidis, directed by Professor of Melodrama Akis Lalousi and teaching Eleonora Kalaitzidou Choir.
Inspired by the famous collection of tales “A Thousand and One Nights”, the story of Abu Hassan takes us to the East, where our protagonist and his faithful wife Fatime, deep in debt to the moneylender and usurer Omar, hatch a trick: they will pretend that they died each in turn, so that they could extract money from the Caliph for their funerals and thus get out of debt! They think this will get them out of trouble, but not for long! What will happen, though, when the long-time Caliph decides to visit their home to find out who died first? A trick, a bet and what follows will be discovered by those who find themselves at the Royal Theatre.
Admission is free, while the identity of the performance is as follows:
Music: Carl Maria von Weber
Libretto: Franz Carl Himer
The protagonists are students of the School of Melodrama of K.O.Th. from the class of Professor Akis Lalousi.
Abu Hassan: Stefanos Kargatzis (tenor)
Fatima: Theodosia Dimitrakidou (soprano)
Omar: Dimitrios Flaris (bass-baritone)
Tsemrud: Maria Liuliou (speaking role)
Mesrour: Vassilis Vikeloudas (speaking role)
Caliph: Christos Bakas (speaking role)
Jobide: Vasiliki Polychronou (speaking role)
Symphony Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki
Music Director: Vladimiros Simeonidis
Choir Teaching: Eleonora Kalaitzidou
Directed by: Akis Lalousis
Musical preparation: Katerina Sacketta
Kinesiology editor: Melpo Vassilikou
Rendering-editing of the German text: Eleni Theodoridou
Makeup – hairstyles: I.E.K. ACNE
Costumes: Cloakroom K.Th.B.E. & K.O.Th.
Editing of sets & costumes: Akis Lalousis
Production: State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, 2023
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