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Camerata to open cultural aspect of Greek EU presidency

Internationally renown conductor Georgios Petros will conduct the Athens Camerata in the opening of the cultural page of the Greek EU presidency in two concerts in Athens αnd Brussels

On 12 January the first concert will take place in Athens and will be followed by the concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

The theme of the concerts is Greek mythology following a musical course lauding the influence of Greece on global art, in the most unexpected way.

The Camerata , which now goes under its international nom-de-plume Armonia Atena, will play exerts from the following works:

-Alessandro, Arianna in Creta, by G.F. Handel
-Artemisia by J.A. Hasse
-Temistocle by J.C. Bach
-L'Olimpiade by G. Paisiello
-Phaeton by J.B. Lully
-Il Giustino, L'Olimpiade by A. Vivaldi
-Orphée, Iphigénie en Aulide, Antigono by C.W. Gluck
The Greek sopranos Myrsine Margariti, Eirini Karagianni, and Mary-Elen Nezi will perform dring the concerts.

The Athens Camerata was founded in 1991 by the Friends of Music Society of Athens with the inauguration of the Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall. Since then it has been the resident orchestra of the Megaron. From 2011 the orchestra has spread its main activities between the Megaron and the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens.
Armonia Atenea presents a multifaceted identity, equally at home on period and modern instruments. It encompasses a wide concert repertoire from early baroque to 21st century, as well as opera and ballet productions.
The Echo Klassik winning conductor George Petrou holds the post of artistic director. Former artistic directors have included sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Warren-Green and Alexander Myrat.

For the artistic season 2013-2014, five new recordings will be released: the “Baroque Divas” (Sony Classical), a selection of rare arias from operas of the baroque era interpreted by Sonia Prina, Romina Basso, Vivica Genaux and Mary-Ellen Nesi; the “Rokoko”, a solo album of the famous croatian tenor Max Emanuel Cencic with beautiful arias of the Rococo period (DECCA); the “Gluck - tenor arias” a personal album of the tenor Daniel Behle, a Tribute to the 300th anniversary of Gluck's birthday (2014), with the finest arias for tenor (DECCA); the “Counter-tenor Gala”, an album dedicated to the rare voices of counter tenors with the participation of six of the most profound tenors (Sony Classical) and the “Creatures of Prometheus” of L.V. Beethoven (DECCA).