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George Patsas

Set Designer, Costume designer
He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1944. He studied at the Vakalo School of Art and Design, under George Vakalo, Panagiotis Tetsis and Pavlos Moschidis, graduating in 1965. He began his professional career in 1968, designing the set for Tartuffe, at the State Theater of Northern Greece. His work to the present day includes set designs for about 400 works of all kinds: operas, ancient dramas, musical and dance performances, etc. He has worked with various theaters in Greece (State Theater of Northern Greece, Amphitheater (Amphitheatro), National Theatre of Greece), the Athens and Epidaurus festivals and several theaters in European cities (Dusseldorf, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Zurich, Lucerne, Tubingen, Moscow, Vincenza) and in the US. He has designed sets for performances staged at festivals (Spain, Germany, etc.), as well as for films. His set designing work includes the plays: Ecclesiazusae, A midsummer night's dream, A Dream Play [Ett drömspel], Electra, Hippolytus, Miss Julie [Fröken Julie], Poor murderer, Ghosts [Gengangere], The glass menagerie, Persians, Orestes, etc. He was awarded three times for his costumes for film productions: Silver Medal at the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Scenography (1995, 2003) and the Grand Prize of Theater and Music Critics (Athens, 1998). He has served as chairman of the board of the National Theatre of Greece. He collaborates with the GNO since 1971. To date, he has designed sets and/or costumes for 17 operas and four ballets, in more than 60 productions and/or revivals, such as: Spring Tale (Anoixiatiko Paramythi), Iphigenia in Tauris [Iphigénie en Tauride], Carmen, The Clemency of Titus [La celemenza di Tito], Tosca, Faust, Fidelio, The Abduction from the Seraglio [Die entführung aus dem Serail], Kostas Karyotakis, Medea [Medée] (Herodeion, 1993), The Swan Lake, Roméo et Juliette, etc.