A very different Otello!

Charity, Events — By on November 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM

 

Desdemona and Othello

Following the successful whimsical concert at  the elegant Home House in central London earlier this month, Life Action Trust in collaboration with Skull of Yorick Productions presented us G. Verdi’s “Otello” at the unique for the occasion venue, the St. Peter’s Church at London’s Eaton Square!

Now, why this Otello was a different one? Well, for a start: the unique orchestration by Nicholas O’ Neill, the famous English organist and composer who “played” the opera on the church organ, something that has never happened before, as well as the pathos of all performers performing.

Opera synergy at its best

Over 150 people attended this excellent performance on a rainy night who encouraged these up and coming opera faithful perfomers: Kassandra Dimopoulou as Desdemona and responsible for the stage direction, Nicholas O’ Oneil’s Orchestration, Philip Modinos as Otello, Borja Gomez-Ferrer as Casio, Olina Gyda as Emilia, Anastasios Michalis as Jago, Robert Winslade Anderson as Montano/Lodovico, Lewis Matthew Raines as Roderigo/A Herald and lastly Paula Patterson whose costumes where extensively discussed by the audience! Depi Mavropoulou’s skills where well spotted in meticously assisting the production.

Nicholas O’ Neill, next to the church’s musical instrument, appreciating the audience’s applause

All four acts where performed to the utmost of these youngsters’ ability and as mentioned above, pathos ruled the night to all intents and purposes compatible with Giuseppe Verdis’ classic masterpiece!

Gianmaria Pizzocheri, Lady Spencer and pianist Manos Kitsikopoulos at the first interval.

At the interval and the finale, Greek wine a dips where served with excellent home made traditional meat-pie. As St. Peter’s Church offered a very Grecian temple fascinating scenery, inducing for such an event with it classical architecture, freedom-of-space and height, I guess no other place could have matched it! William Shakespeare would have been “socked” in attending this “revisited performance”.

The performers thanking their audience – a great moment of appreciation!

We spotted the Greek Ambassador Mr. Konstantinos Bikas, Irene Monios, Maria Hadjipateras, Panagiotis Lemos, Elena Kokka, Pavlos Horn, Helena Mavrogonatos, Nikos Zompos, Mrs. Maria Konstantopoulou and a great number of Life Action Trust’s  British and international supporters.

Chrysnathi P. Lemos’ choice to have Makis Peppas, Sofia Konstantopoulou and Konstantinos Varsis and other members of Life Action Trust, paid off and will continue to strengthen Life Action Trust Events

 

Chrysanthi P. Lemos and Anny Zade

Life Action Trust was founded in 1993. It was set up under private law and is based in the UK. The aim is to provide scholarships for gifted young artists, such as musicians, dancers, and actors from all over the world so that they can achieve their full potential; it also helps other charities with their fund raising. The trust has a clear policy of treating all individuals equally, regardless of their background, colour, religion or race.

All the proceeds from the event will be given to the artists as a help for their studies and or their career. “F”

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