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First public statement of the President, as she dedicated her concert at the Opera Comique marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas to the need for the creation of a new building for the Hellenic Opera and an Opera Academy which would bear the name of Maria Callas.



First visit of Ms Vasso Papantoniou to the 'Stavros Niarchos' Foundation.



The 'Company for the Creation of a New Building for the Hellenic Opera and of a 'Maria Callas' Academy', civil non-profit company, is set up, consisting initially of 30 partners, who were also the founder members of the Company. Athens is nominated as the place of its registered headquarters, with its offices at 21 Lykavettou St, Kolonaki.



Although the Company started out with the choice of the Cerameicus as a site, on the proposal of the Ministry of Culture it finally adopted the choice of the former Race Course in the Phaleron Delta as the best possible solution. The Cerameicus option was judged to be time and money-consuming.

Visit of the President to the 'Stavros Niarchos' Foundation and submission of the specific designs drawn up by the Company, so that the Foundation's great decision could be taken. This was announced in November 2006.



Visit to the Company's offices, by invitation, of the Mayor of Kallithea, Mr Askounis, to discuss issues of the site.


2 February. Fresh contacts of Ms Vasso Papantoniou with the 'Stavros Niarchos' Foundation at which, her proposal that the Foundation should undertake the funding of the Hellenic Opera and the 'Maria Callas' Opera Academy is discussed and examined. Official announcement of the intentions of the 'Stavros Niarchos' Foundation to finance the new building of the National Opera together with the National Library.


Tele-conference of the Prime Minister with the representative of the 'Stavros Niarchos' Foundation, which has its headquarters in New York, Andreas Drakopoulos, and signing of a memorandum on the construction of the Opera building.

The vision becomes a reality.

The Company continues towards its second objective, the 'Maria Callas' Academy of Lyric Art.