The Murderess by Giorgos Koumendakis at the 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.
The Murderess (Η φόνισσα)
Opera by Giorgos Koumendakis (b. 1959)
Libretto by Yannis Svolos, based on Alexandros Papadiamantis’ novel of the same title
Subtitles available for this program with your remote control
Recording: December 3 2021 - GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall | Athens
Director: Stephane Lebard
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