A Greek-German Workshop and Performance

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

This quote by St. Francis of Assisi stands on the back cover of a 1963 pocket guide, directed to Greeks getting ready to immigrate to Germany. Fifty years later, a new “Gastarbeiter” wave starts from Greece heading for the same direction: no longer laborers, but young people of higher education and expertise. Among those many singers, students as well as professionals, that immigrate in order to study or work in Germany, the country with the most opera productions in the world. Their passport, apart from their flawless vocal technique, is the perfect pronunciation of the German language, that every classically trained singer comes upon on the very first years of studies, through the great poets set to music by Franz Schubert.

Das Schubert Diploma – A Guide to Immigration for Singers” combines the 1963 pocket guide with Schubert's music in an original music theatre performance, where the Greek students are taught the correct pronunciation of the language, as well as the correct behavior needed for their journey to Germany by two experts in the style of Schubert as well as in the Greek-German relations.

Five students from the singing classes of the Philippos Nakas Conservatory share the stage with Rainer Kilius (vocal teacher) and Bernhard Glocksin (dramaturg, artistic director) of Berlin's Neuköllner Oper along with Dimitris Dimopoulos (librettist, director) and Kharálampos Goyós (musical director and accompanist) of the music-theatre company The Beggars' Operas in a staged version of a singing masterclass, where Goethe's Prometheus is bound to musical academicism, the Greek soul fights against German methodology and the Greek expert in Schubert is more German than the German!

The music theatre performance as well as the masterclass that will take place at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in October 19th-23rd are kindly supported by the German Embassy in Athens.

Music: Franz Schubert
Book, direction: Dimitris Dimopoulos
Musical coaching: Kharálampos Goyós
Dramaturgy: Bernhard Glocksin

With Rainer Kilius as the Teacher and Kharálampos Goyós as the Accompanist
Students: Christina Alexiou, Nikitas Gritzalis, Athina Mantzorou, Danae Beri, Andreas-Alexandros Hazapis

A cooperation of the Philippos Nakas Conservatory with the Neuköllner Oper in collaboration with the music theatre company The Beggars' Operas.

Kindly supported by the German Embassy in Athens.

October 24, 2013, 20.30
Philippos Nakas Concert Hall
41 Hippocratous str., Athens
Τel.: 210 3634000
Admission free