Philemon and Baucis (1773-2003)
Opera by Joseph Haydn and Konstantia Gourzi
2010 Schwäbisch Gmünd
The opera received its world premiere in the Magazin of the Berlin State Opera – a different space to the opera house itself. This gave Konstantia Gourzi a feeling of freedom, and of real music making. It was a delight to be able to fill a space with music, where you would not expect to find it.
New Greek Music in Munich Concert Series
Konstantia Gourzi initiated the New Greek Music in Munich concert series in 2007. It features well-known and less well-known Greek composers from older and younger generations, and aims to revive Greek new music in Munich. Concerts in the series take place once or twice a year, supported by – among others – the Greek Consulate in Munich, opus21musikplus and the Akademie der schönen Künste.
CD: Schönberg + Jazz - Berio
About the disc, Konstantia Gourzi says: “Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs are like a musical counterpart and balance to Schönberg’s music. There is an incredibly lively, musical tension between them: Pierrot is the question, and Folk Songs, the answer. I think you can perform these compositions equally well in concerts halls, in cabaret settings, in a bar or even on the beach. They are both so captivating for our eyes and ears.”
Commission by the Bishopric of Munich – Freising
The memorial service on the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York took place in collaboration with the community of Sant’ Egidio, from 11-13.09.2011 as part of the Munich International Meeting for World Peace. Sant’Egidio has been initiating meetings and exchanges since 1987, between the Christian churches and other world religions, and also with international representatives from politics and culture. The aim is to increase mutual understanding, and to build up justice and peace. The memorial service to mark the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks was attended by the then Bundespresident, Christian Wulff.
flying carpet 2013 - Odyssey
Three Short Operas for children, youths and adults
After five years of successful work in primary schools, opus21musikplus’s education programme gave the world premiere of a contemporary children’s opera: Flying Carpet, in Munich in October 2013. In choosing the composers, each of whom are composing one short opera as part of the whole, it was important to Konstantia Gourzi to create a geographical connection to the Odyssey, and represent all the cultures found therein. These are: Judaism, represented by the composer Amos Elkana (b. 1967), who lives in Tel Aviv (Israel); Turkey/the Ottoman Empire, represented by the composer Sinem Altan, who was born in Ankara (Turkey) in 1985 and is now studying in Berlin; last but not least, Greece, represented by the composer Giorgos Koumendakis (b.1959), who lives and works in Athens.