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August - September 2018

Opera in two acts by Modest Mussorgsky

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini.

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte


Orlin Anastassov


Ventseslav Anastassov

Artistic Director

Francesca Romana Tiddi

Creative Director

Aleksandar Zhelyazkov

Transport and Logistics

Maia Angelova

Coordinator of Activities

Svetoslav Savov

Web Developer


If you say Greece, you mean all what concerns art and beauty, the birthplace of the ancient and the new world whole culture. “Tragedia” is the beginning of all the forms of theatre we know, above all the most complete one, born in Italy in the seventeenth century, called “Melodramma”.

In the ancient age the festivities dedicated to Dionysus cult were a sort of socio-political event which involved people of every status, just like happened a few centuries later during the Premiere of Tosca at La Scala of Milan.

In this island there was a sort of small reproduction of the famous Opera theatre to witness the strong link of this place with the classical art and furthermore the oral tradition held that operatic performers who found success at the theater were distinguished with the accolade applaudito in Corfú ("applauded in Corfu") as a tribute to the refined musical taste of the island audience. This is shortly the historical background of the Dionysia Opera Festival, a project which wishes to bring Corfù Island back to the golden age of classical art, by underlining the link between the ancient drama and the modern lyrical opera.

The Festival will take place through the whole month of September 2017 (in its first edition, but it is going to repeat every year) with three tragic titles (Norma, Carmen, Aida) and one comedy (Barbiere di Siviglia), just like the old classic contests, with one replica each.

The tragic titles will be performed by special guest stars of international lyric panorama, while the Barbiere di Siviglia is organised to make debut the young students of a lyrical Academy. The project would like to join in a sort of artistic twinning Grecian and Bulgarian musicians but also young people coming from all Europe to study and perform with our very important guests. They will be selected by a commission during the spring 2017 in three different cities: Kerkyra, Sofia and Rome.

The twinning will be made possible by the cooperation between the two Mayors of Corfu’ and Ruse, but also supported by European funds and projects. The Orlin Anastassov Foundation will ensure the presence of famous and prestigious names of the lirycal starsystem, such as Dimitra Theodossiou, the exceptional “godmother” of our Festival, the total support to the young students of the Academy and the application for European Funds available for the project.

As capacious and evocative place to host a huge audience and a suitable stage and scenography: the Old fortress of Kerkyra.


September in Corfu’ is a very special month, in which the summer warmth leaves the climate and waters cold and comfortable but without too much torrid days, and good breezes characterize the evenings by the sea.However sudden weather changes can happen, with violent rains or just short thunder storms.The Festival organization, a huge and very complex machine, has to face these situations and established the following measures to avoid drawbacks: 

·         A tent will cover the orchestra in case of light rain: the instruments can’t carry on playing under the rain, because they are made of delicate materials which can be altered  by a few drops of water. In this way the show can go on.

·         In case of violent storm before the performance starts, it’s possible waiting for 120 minutes since the beginning of the opera.

·         If it starts raining a lot before the first act ends, and the opera can’t go on within the midnight, you can buy another ticket, in the same sector, with the 50% reduction on the whole price, for another opera of the same Festival or the one of the next year.

·         In case of definitive suspension of the opera after the end of the first act, no ticket will be refunded.

·         We have the definitive suspension if the performance, after the end of the first act and a new break after the restarting, can’t go on within 120 minutes from the break.

·         If the performance has to be canceled by the Festival organization before its beginning, you can have a new ticket, for the same sector, for the next opera in schedule: if the canceled performance is the last of the season, you can ask a reimbursement within 10 days before the date. 


These rules aim to guarantee the rights of the Audience, of the Artists, and of the Festival organization which has the responsibility to bear anyway all the mounting and preparation costs.


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