Emilios Riadis: Galatea

Emilios Riadis (1880-1935): Galatea (concertante)
(World premiere)

Emilios Riadis composed the Galatea opera during his stay in Paris, where he had started to become known in M. Ravel 's circle, who had even called him "my genius student".
Riadis completed the opera in Particell form, but for unknown reasons he orchestrated only the second act. With the outbreak of World War I, Riadis left the French capital to return to his hometown of Thessaloniki, where he was appointed a professor of piano and theory at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. Since then, the opera remained in the composer's drawer and was never spoken of again.
During the recent Covid-19 pandemic and following the friendly prompting of my beloved colleague Byron Fidetzis, I decided to undertake the difficult task of restoring and orchestrating the first and third acts, so that this ambitious work by Emilios Riadis would become executable. I want to believe that the presentation of Galatea, 110 years after its composition, will contribute to the formation of a new perception of the importance of Riadis' work in the musical history of Greece, but also of the composer's place in the musical evolution of Europe, during the first fifteen years of the 20th century.
                                                                               Vladimir Symeonides

Friday, May 17, 2024
at 21:00 Thessaloniki Concert Hall
Friends of Music Hall (M1)
Mezzo soprano: Mary-Ellen Nesi
Tenor: Yannis Christopoulos
Baritone: Dionysios Sourbis
Tenor: Manos Kokkonis
Bass: Konstantinos Katsaras
Conductor: Vladimiros Symeonidis
Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra

Choir of the Plovdiv Opera
Chorus master: Dragomir Yossifov

Children's Choir of the ''Thessaloniki Friends of Music Society''
Chorus master: Sofia Gioldasi

Supported by the
Consulat Général de France and the Institut Français de Thessalonique
Emilios Riadis (1880-1935): Opera ‘Galateia’ (concertante) (TSSO premiere)  

Libreto by Pierre – Charles Jablonski
Greek translation: Mirela Simotas

Vladimiros Symeonidis: Restoration/ Completion of orchestration/Editor
Assistant Editor: Christos Dovas
Research team: Konstantinos Lykouriotis, Alexandros Efklidis, Mirela Simotas, Thodoris Kitsos

In cooperation with the TCH
Supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a part of the program
‘Thessaloniki-Sofia: Balkan Cultural Bridge’
Distinct Zone: 20€
Α' Zone/Ground floor: 15€
Β' Zone/Upper tier-Boxes: 10€
Discount tickets: 5€

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The TSSO with Plácido Domingo in sani Festival



Plácido Domingo


special guests: Christina Poulitsi & George Perris
with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Jordi Bernàcer


An iconic performance from Plácido Domingo will open this year’s Sani Festival. With an illustrious career including some 150 roles and more than 4.400 performances, over a hundred recordings, and an impressive collection of 12 Grammy Awards, he is rightfully recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera. Defined a ‘Renaissance man’, and awarded with many honorary titles and prizes, not only for his musical panache but for his humanitarian commitment, Plácido Domingo is an eclectic artist celebrated worldwide. Performing on Sani Hill on Saturday 6th July, the musical maestro is guaranteed to enchant. Performing beside him will be the singer, George Perris, a multilingual Greek-French tenor who has performed internationally and appeared onstage with Lara Fabian, Boston Pops and Michel Legrand, and the soprano Christina Poulitsi, an enchanting performer declared “one of the best interpreters of the role of the Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’. On stage for this performance will also be the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, one of the major and historical symphonic ensembles in Greece, under the gifted direction of Jordi Bernàcer, who conducted regularly on prestigious international stages, such as the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden and in the most important theatres in Italy and in Spain. In this synthesis, the ‘Domingo Myth’ will mark the start of a momentous musical summer under the stars on Sani Hill.


Special guests: Christina Poulitsi (soprano), George Perris (singer)
Conductor: Jordi Bernàcer
Orchestra: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
Artist’s Booking: S.K - Lampo Production