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Greek bicentennial show goes on despite COVID-19 pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of museum exhibitions, theater productions, discussion panels and historical re-enactments were planned in Greece for this year to commemorate the bicentennial of the 1821-1832 Greek War of Independence. However, mezzo-soprano Artemis Bogri and her fellow singers stepped onstage in an empty theater to perform the Greek National Opera’s new production of “Despo”, one of the events marking 200 years since the war that resulted in Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire and rebirth as a nation.

March 14, 2021 / 04:06 PM IST
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri holding a sword, sings during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri holding a sword, sings during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers and orchestra of the Greek National Opera perform during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers and orchestra of the Greek National Opera perform during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Soprano Artemis Bogri wearing a Greek traditional costume prepares with others for the rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Soprano Artemis Bogri wearing a Greek traditional costume prepares with others for the rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Dresser Eleni Laskari, right, adjusts tenor Dimitris Paksoglou's Greek traditional costume before the rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Dresser Eleni Laskari, right, adjusts tenor Dimitris Paksoglou's Greek traditional costume before the rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A director instructs the technicians during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A director instructs the technicians during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri performs during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri performs during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A cameraman prepares for the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance at the empty Greek National Opera. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A cameraman prepares for the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance at the empty Greek National Opera. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers and the orchestra of the Greek National Opera perform during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers and the orchestra of the Greek National Opera perform during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers from the Greek National Opera wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus, take a break during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers from the Greek National Opera wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus, take a break during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri sings during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri sings during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri poses for the photographer Andreas Simopoulos before a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek soprano Artemis Bogri poses for the photographer Andreas Simopoulos before a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Eleftheria Stamou dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet prepares, prior to a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Eleftheria Stamou dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet prepares, prior to a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Elpida Skourou, right, speaks with George Hatzopoulos, both dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet before a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Elpida Skourou, right, speaks with George Hatzopoulos, both dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet before a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Elton Dimrochi holding Elpida Skourou, dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet, perform during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens on February 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Elton Dimrochi holding Elpida Skourou, dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet, perform during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens on February 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet, perform during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet, perform during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Giannis Mitrakis holding Elpida Skourou, right, and Elena Kekkou, dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet, perform during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Giannis Mitrakis holding Elpida Skourou, right, and Elena Kekkou, dancers of the Greek National Opera Ballet, perform during a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers and the orchestra of the Greek National Opera perform during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Singers and the orchestra of the Greek National Opera perform during the video recording of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Elton Dimrochi dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet, stretches before a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Elton Dimrochi dancer of the Greek National Opera Ballet, stretches before a rehearsal of "Despo-Greek Dances" Opera and dance performance in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Actors Marios Panagiotou, left, and Konstantinos Arnokouros speak, during a rehearsal of "The Free Besieged" at the Greek National Theater in Athens on March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Actors Marios Panagiotou, left, and Konstantinos Arnokouros speak, during a rehearsal of "The Free Besieged" at the Greek National Theater in Athens on March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Actor Konstantinos Arnokouros wearing a face mask, prepares, prior to a rehearsal of "The Free Besieged" at the Greek National Theater in Athens on March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Actor Konstantinos Arnokouros wearing a face mask, prepares, prior to a rehearsal of "The Free Besieged" at the Greek National Theater in Athens on March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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