National Conservatoire (Greece)

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The headquarters of the Greek National Conservatoire, located in Athens.

The Greek National Conservatoire (Greek: Εθνικό Ωδείο) was founded in Athens in 1926 by the composer Manolis Kalomiris and a number of other notable artists like Charikleia Kalomoiri, Marika Kotopouli, Dionysios Lavrangas, and Sophia Spanoudi. For a number of years the conservatoire was the only Greek educational and cultural organization to approach international Greek community by opening branches in Egypt and Cyprus (1948). Over the years, many well-known artists cooperated with the conservatoire, like Maria Callas, Gabriel Pierné, Dimitris Mitropoulos, and Avra Theodoropoulou. Among the conservatoire's students were Maria Callas, Leonidas Kavakos, Agnes Baltsa, and Manto. When the Greek National Opera was founded in 1940 two thirds of its resident staff were graduating students or graduates of the sources National Conservatoire.

The premises of National Conservatoire have moved around Athens over its lifetime. From its initial location in Irakleitou 6, it moved to Dorou 3 (1932), Solomou and G. Septemvriou (1935), and Solomou 67 and Aristotelous (1940). Its current location is Maizonos 8 and its artistic director is Periklis Koukos.


Higher School of Dramatic Arts of the Greek National Conservatoire 1926-1984 Founder:Manolis Kalomiris. The first collaborators: Marika Kotopouli, Thanos Tragas

The Higher School of Dramatic Arts was founded as an Department of Theatrical Studies of the Greek National Conservatoire, in Athens in 1926 and recognized by the greek state in 1959 (official recognition: ΦΕΚ 44/7 Φεβρουαρίου 1959. τ' Β' [Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως] Αριθ. 402/19).

Lessons: Dramatic Art (Narrative Pantomime, Miming/mimetic mode - training methods, improvisation, vocal projection, scene-work, audition techniques), History and philosophy of theatre, History of Neo-hellenic Literature, General History of Arts, Aesthetic,Dance-rhythmic art , Music-singing-soundtrack,Theatre costume design, Theatrical makeup.

Over the years, many distinguished professors, writers and creators of the theater art cooperated with the School, like Thanos Tragas (director of the school), Miranda Myrat, Angelos Grimanis, Dimitrios Hatzis, Jean Gaitanos, Nikolaos Sifakis, Nikos Papakonstantinou, Kakia Panagiotou, Mary Voyatzis, Angelos Fouriotis, Evangelos Andreou, Yannis Synodinos, ect

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