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Greek National Opera Receives 11 Million Euro Grant

By Sara Schabas on July 8, 2024

Greek National Opera
Carmen, Johan Inger / Rodion Shchedrin – Georges Bizet, Marc Álvarez, Stavros Niarchos Hall (Photo: Greek National Opera)

Last week, the Greek National Opera announced receipt of an €11 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The grant will support the company’s outreach efforts and help to establish its reputation as one of the world’s leading opera houses.

Driving the news: On July 1st, the Greek National Opera (GNO) announced its 2024/2025 season. During the announcement, the GNO shared that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) had granted the company a two-year €11 million grant. The grant will assist with the company’s outreach and accessibility initiatives, tours, training, and development plans. The SNF hopes to help the company achieve and maintain its status as one of the world’s leading opera companies.

Digging deeper: Founded in 1940, the Greek National Opera has been a private, state-funded organization since 1994. It relies largely on public subsidies for its funding, along with some help from ticket sales and corporate donors.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation previously granted the GNO a four-year grant. Their contributions to the company will soon total over €39 million. We think Greece (and America)’s Maria Callas would be proud.

Sara Schabas
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