RETURNNikos S. Petropoulos

Nikos S. Petropoulos

Director, Set Designer, Costume Designer
He was born in Athens in 1943. He studied at the Athens Institute of Technology, as well as at the Doxiadis School and the Accademia di belle arti di Roma School of Set/Costume Design (1970). As a student he was assistant to the Italian set/costume designer Franco Laurenti. He did a doctoral thesis entitled “The Russian baroque applied in scenography and architecture” (1971). He first appeared as a set designer in 1971. He collaborated with the National Theater of Greece, the National Theatre of Northern Greece and the free theater in more than 150 productions. He designed sets for television series. In 1985 he turned to opera, directing and designing sets and costumes at European stages and festivals for more than 50 operas, such as The Elixir of Love [L 'elisir d'amore] in Gdansk, Rigoletto in Warsaw, etc. At the same time he worked as an architect. He directed numerous opera productions at the Athens Concert Hall and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (1991-2009). His work earned him the Grand Prize of the Union of Greek Theater and Music Critics (2009). During the period 1971-2013, he worked with the GNO as a set/costume designer and/or director in 22 operas, two operettas and six ballets, in about 100 productions and/or revivals, including the following operas: The Power of Fate [La forza del destino], The Bat [Die Fledermaus], Carmen (Herodeion, 1977), Cavalleria rusticana, Tosca, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte], Nabucco (Herodeion, 1992), Manon Lescaut, The Tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d'Hoffmann], etc. He designed sets and/or costumes for the ballets Zorba the Greek, Sebastian, The Sleeping Beauty, etc. He has served as GNO’s CEO (1987) and for many years as advisor to its Board of Directors (1981/88). // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.