Georgios Karakantas

He studied Natural Sciences at the University of Athens, as well as Literature in Italy and Comparative Literature in Munich. He studied direction at Austria’s Reinhardt School, as well as in Germany, France and Italy, specializing in opera and musical theater. At the same time, he worked with the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi Trieste, La Scala Milan, the Berlin State Opera and the Teatro Augusteo Rome, directing operas by Wagner, Verdi, Smetana, Puccini, etc. He worked with the GNO for two decades (1945-1965), directing six operas and four operettas in 31 productions and / or revivals, such as Die Lustige Witwe, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, The Μasterbuilder [O protomastoras], Das Land des Lächelns, Martha, Der Vogelhändler, Das Dreimädelhaus, Marco Botsaris. He directed several GNO premieres. He has been a manager of the National Conservatory School of Melodrama, stage director with the Ulysses Lappas’ Athens Melodrama (1939-1940), artistic director of the Thessaloniki International Fair, stage director with the National Theater of Greece (1944/1945) and professor of theater art at the Italian Cultural Institute of Athens. He collaborated with the National Radio Corporation (EIR) and organized theater broadcasts. He translated plays, operas and foreign poetry. He also involved in art history and theater technique and published the studies Introduction to Opera [Eisagogi eis to Lyrikon Theatron, 1947] and The lyric theater [To lyrikon theatron, 1952]. He also wrote the book The Complete Works of Lyric Theater [Apanta tou Lyrikou Theatrou]. Several of his studies and translations have been published in journals and newspapers. He has been honored for his entire work with distinctions in Greece and abroad. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.