Giorgos Koumendakis: The Murderess - Greek National Opera

‘The Murderess’ tells the story of Hadoula – also known as ‘Frangoyannoù’ – an old woman living on the island of Skiathos in the mid-19th century. At that time, daughters born into poor families were considered an economic burden. Hadoula takes pity on such families and, after killing her own newborn granddaughter, goes on to murder other young girls in what she considers ‘mercy killings’.
The opera follows her every thought and step, delving deep into her troubled soul.


  • Greek National Opera Orchestra
  • GNO Chorus
  • GNO Children's Chorus
  • Vassilis Christopoulos (Conductor)
  • Alexandros Efklidis (Stage Direction)
  • Mary-Ellen Nesi (Mezzo-soprano) : Frangoyannoù (The Murderess)
  • Anna Stylianaki (Soprano) : Maroyssò
  • Tassos Apostolou (Baritone) : Ioassaf
  • Myrto Bokolini (Soprano) : Delcharò
  • Vangelis Maniatis (Baritone) : Yannis Perivolàs
  • Sophia Kyanidou (Soprano) : Yannoù
  • Fylli Georgiadou (Soprano) : Xennoula’s mother
  • Yannis Christopoulos (Tenor) : First police officer
  • Yanni Yannissis (Baritone) : A magistrate
  • Nicholas Stefanou (Tenor) : Second police officer / Asseso
  • Marilena Striftobola (Soprano) : Kriniò
  • Stelina Apostolopoulou (Soprano) : Toula
  • Miranda Makrynioti (Mezzo-soprano) : Myrsouda
  • Georgios Papadimitriou (Baritone) : A doctor
  • Maria Konstanta (Performer) : Amersa
  • Angelos Nerantzis (Performer) : Konstantìs


The Murderess (Η φόνισσα)
Opera by Giorgos Koumendakis (b. 1959)
Libretto by Yannis Svolos, based on Alexandros Papadiamantis’ novel of the same title

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Recording: December 3 2021 - GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall | Athens
Director: Stephane Lebard
Duration: 01:45

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