• La Traviata @ Greek National Opera
La Traviata by Verdi, one of the most celebrated operas of the international repertoire, will be inaugurated at the National Opera, on May 15. The tragic tale of The Lady of the Camelias, a narrative of the love of the courtesan Violetta Valéry for the spawn of a well-to-do family, will be presented on stage under the classic direction of Nikos S. Petropoulos. Top Greek singers of international standing, soprano Myrto Papathanasiou, the baritone Dimitris Platanias, Giannis Christopoulos and Dionysis Sourbis will be starring along with acclaimed international artists.

The award-winning play Hate Radio, written and directed by Milo Rau, will be staged at the Onassis Cultural Centre until May 15. This play-documentary examines the role played by Rwanda’s RTML (Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines) during the genocide against the Tutsis in Ruanda, in 1994. The main questions that the production seeks to answer are: “Can words kill? Can a radio broadcast fuel massacres? How susceptible are we to media manipulation?” The Hate Radio production has been presented at the Avignon Festival, the Theatertreffen in Berlin, and has been staged in over fifteen countries.

  • Pianorama @Athens Concert Hall
Even though they work in different areas of music (classical and jazz), Effie Agrafioti and Giorgos Kontrafouris have collaborated closely over the last twenty years. Their work demonstrates that the world of music is fundamentally one and the same. The two distinguished soloists will be giving a concert reflecting both their areas of interest, at the Athens Concert Hall, on May 20. Their repertoire will include works by Iason Antoniadis, Michalis Archontidis, Panayiotis Theodosiou, Vassilis Bakopoulos, Kostas Grigoreas, Vangelis Papathanasiou, Leornard Bernstein and Μorton Gould.

  • Images of the Crisis @ Greek Film Archive
The festival Images of the Crisis will run at the Greek Film Archive from May 16 to 27. The programme features films and documentaries about the economic crisis from different periods; from Stelios Tatasopoulos’ Social Decay (1932) and John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath, to more recent ones, including directors like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne and Jean Renoir. The festival will also feature a tribute to Ken Loach’ political cinema.

  • Malevich @ State Museum of Contemporary Art
The exhibition Kazimir Malevich and his students. 100 years after the black square. Russian avant garde works from the Costakis collection of the SMCA will open its doors at the State Museum of Contemporary Art, in Thessaloniki, on May 19. Having as a starting point the 100 years after the "Black Square", the most emblematic artwork in the history of the Russian avant-garde movement, and the appearance of the suprematism, the SMCA exhibits artworks and archival material from the Costakis collection.