The Grecian rock opera, "Porphyra," is set to debut its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 3rd in New York City.
An official press release of the event can be read in full below.
Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera
Anna and Vladimir: the love that ROCKED the world,
to receive world premiere
at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 8 pm
April 17, 2015 - New York, NY -Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera arose out of the simple concept : to combine the story of one of the most compelling moments in Greek and World History with Folk Music, Hard Rock and Melodic Metal.
Porphyra will take the audience on an epic musical journey from the triumphs of Alexander the Great to the glories of Byzantium. The electric guitar in joyous harmony with bouzouki and violin sings the lives of the dreams and ambitions of two lovers who made their own fate and altered the course of history. The opera tells the story of Grand Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus, the first Russian Empire, and Princess Anna Porphyrogenita of Constantinople, princess of Byzantium, the cultural beacon of the Mediterranean during Western Europe's Dark Ages.
They meet and fall in love in the tumultuous year of 988 AD. Byzantium is powerful but vulnerable. Vladimir's conversion led his nation to Greek Orthodox Christianity, and after his alliance with Constantinople, the balance of power shifts, ushering in a second Golden Age for Byzantium and a new civilization for young Russia. Our hero, Vladimir was the first King of the Rus, ancestors of the Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russians, and Princess Anna was instrumental in making Kiev a great center of Orthodox spirituality and Byzantine civilization.
The rock opera is directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant, a critically-acclaimed director and an Emmy and CLIO award-winning writer and producer. Her songwriting has earned her a Grammy Certificate, as well as numerous other industry awards.
The cast includes George Tsalikis (Vladimir/Lead vocals), Elaine Tuttle (Anna/Lead vocals), Christos Alexandrou (Narrator/Lead and Greek vocals), Demetrios John Tsinopoulos, (Operatic tenor/backup vocals), Billy Chrissochos (Guitar),Mike Savvas (Guitar, Tzoura), Paul Cerni (Bass), Frank Pace (Drums), Richard S. Khuzami (Percussion), Meredith Bogacz (Violin), Dimitris Lambrianos (Music Director, Keyboards, and various instruments), Dena Stevens(Choreographer/Principal Dancer), Peishan Lo (Principal Dancer), Mia Stevens (Lead Dancer), Carola Gremlich (Dancer), Andrea Martinez (Dancer), Carly Warcholik (Dancer), Marilyn Burgos (Dancer), Michelle Desilets (Dancer), Sonya Scaglione (Dancer), Janet Gencarelli (Dancer), Sheela Subramanian (Dancer)
Musical Director: Dimitris Lambrianos, Choreographer: Dena Stevens, Production Design/Photography: Jeffrey R. Wyant, 3-D Animation/Projection Design: Robert Hura, Lighting Consultation: Patrick Eagleton.
Porphyra, a Grecian Rock Opera, is based on Billy Chrissochos' band Porphyra's epic album "Faith, Struggle, Victory". It also features new musical compositions by Donna McLaughlin Wyant, Dimitris Lambrianos, Christos Alexandrou and Billy Chrissochos and belly dancing numbers choreographed by the Dena Stevens Shazadi Dance Project.
The world premiere is on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall at 8 pm. Tickets are $45, $55 & $65 and can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit card by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-2470-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.
For more information please visit www.porphyrarockopera.com
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