Composing the Poetic: Elytis, Theodorakis and the Axion Esti — 6th March, 8pm

“To Axion Esti” was written by the poet Odysseas Elytis, Greece’s esteemed 1979 Nobel Laureate, and was set to music as a “Folk Opera” by Mikis Theodorakis, one of Greece’s preeminent composers. There will be a short introduction by Annie Demosthenous, who recently completed her DPhil in modern Greek poetry and nationalism, that will focus on how music contributes to the poem’s status as a profound emblem of Greek national identity.Annie’s introduction will be followed by a screening of the 1977 recorded performance of the Opera at the Lycabetus Theater. English translations of the libretto will be supplied. Refreshments will also be provided.
Place: Lecture Room B, Worcestor College
Time: 8 pm
Date: 6 March 2013
Cost: Free
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