The Carnival of Venice (First Greek Performance)

The Carnival of Venice (First Greek Performance)

The Academy “Kentro Palaias Mousikis Athinon” presents
in Theatre Hall of the Athens Nursing Home (Girokomio) Theatre Hall, 2 Lampsa Str & Kifissias
the opera “The Carnival of Venice” by André Campra.

The “Carnival of Venice” is an opera, which consists of four acts, by the French Composer André Campra using a libretto by Jean-François Renard. It was presented for the first time ever, in January the 20th 1699 in the Royal Music Academy, in Paris.


Act First
Isabelle and Léonore, two young Venetians, discover that both of them love one young French guy, called Leandre. He cannot decide which of the girls would like to choose and he reaches the conclusion to choose Isabelle, evoking Léonore’s anger.

Act Second
Rodolphe is a young Venetian aristocrat who is in love with Isabelle. Léonore explains to him what has happened and they both decide to take revenge together.  Apparition of Luck and the Carnival celebrators. Rodolphe spies on Leandre who has come along with his fellow musicians to serenade for Isabelle. Isabelle, believing that she is talking to Leandre, reveals how much she dislikes the flirt by her previous lover, Rodolphe. Isabelle rejects Rodolphe’s feelings of love.

Act Third
Rodolphe announces to Léonore that he has killed Leandre and she eventually regrets about her actions, treating her co-guilty person with horror. The Catalans won Nicoletes and celebrate their victory. Isabelle finding out about her lover’s death is about to suicide but she is prevented by Leandre who is alive and tells her that Rodolphe killed someone else. They decide to escape embarking on a boat during a dance that takes place for the Carnival, after they will have watched in Opera the Orpheus myth.

Act Forth (In Opera Hall)
Hades decides to turn back Eurydice to Orpheus enchanted by his song, on condition that he would not turn to look at her. However Orpheus does look at her, and as a result, daemons sunder them forever. Afterwards the Carnival Leader and the celebrators appear and dance.

Kentro Palaias Mousikis Athinon

The only Baroque Music Academy in Europe, that focuses exclusively on baroque song and lyrical recitation. The Academy “Kentro Palaias Mousikis Athinon” operates since 2008 under the administration of Mr. Iakovos Pappas who has presented Atys by Jean-Baptiste de Lully in theatre hall of Elder People Hospital in Athens, in 2009 and in Athens Concert Hall in 2010. He has been environed by keen young artists aiming to create a repertory company and a baroque orchestra that will focus on presentation of music corresponding to those eras.

André Campra 1660 – 1744

He was extraordinarily educated in the fields of music, in his homeland by Guillaume Poitevin. After a long period of itinerancy he was led to become maestro in Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris in 1694, which he quit in order to focus on the opera composition. “L’Europe galante”, his first opera play in 1697 met great success. Until 1720 composed fifteen opera-ballets and lyrical tragedies like: “Hésione”, “Tancrède” and “Les fêtes vénitiennes” etch. As a famous composer now on, he gains the position of conductor in Chapel Royal of Versailles after the Ludovic 14th death. In 1721 he is recruited in Jesuits and he composes only religious music apart from just three plays. He composed about thirty big motets, a funeral ceremony, psalms etch.