Athens is the only capital
of a member-state of the European Union, and in the Balkans,
which, though being a 'presence' in opera internationally,
with Maria Callas as the outstanding figure in that presence,
does not possess yet a building for the performances
of the country's sole State Opera Company. The promotion
of efforts to house the National Opera is not only a task
of significance for the whole of Athens and the whole of
Greece, but fills this regrettable gap at the centre of the
The efforts of the Company for the Opera Building and the
'Maria Callas' Opera Academy have had as a vision the realisation
of this major task.
It is within this philosophy that a series of contacts
with figures in the world of politics and finance - among
them the 'Stavros Niarchos' Foundation - should be seen.