MUSIC THEATRE FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
NIKOS KYPOURGOS: SILENCE, THE KING IS LISTENING
Organizer: GREEK NATIONAL OPERA ALTERNATIVE STAGE IN COLLABORATION WITH THESSALONIKI CONCERT HALL
All spectators are required to wear face masks throughout their stay in the Thessaloniki Concert Hall
Nikos Kypourgos’ and Thomas Moschopoulos’ “little musical” arrives at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes and (improbably!) dedicated to the memory of the American pioneering composer John Cage, Silence, the King Is Listening is, at the same time, an ideal introduction of younger as well as (why not?) older spectators to the concepts, techniques and tools of musical composition, and also a hilarious, ruthless attack to all kinds of hypocritical snobbery that deaden musical creation and reception.
Deftly poised between operatic traditionalism and playful postmodernism, Silence, the King Is Listening tells the story of a music-loving, though intolerable king who is never satisfied, no matter what pieces of music his court musician plays. The musician is roused from his despair by the Muse, who seizes the opportunity to return to a job she had not practised since the glorious eras of Schubert, Mozart and Bach. She enlists the help of the seven notes of the musical scale, inspiring the musician to write a wonderful piece – which once again fails to satisfy the king! It’s time, therefore, for the imagination to give (as always!) a solution…
Alternative Stage founding donor:
12€, 8€ (reduced)