Antigone, part 4 ~ Mikis Theodorakis’s Opera “Antigone”



The opera “Antigone” is the third of the trilogy Medea, Elektra and Antigone. The text (libretto, lyrics) of Antigone are a mix of the plays written by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and has been written by Mikis Theodorakis. I found this information on the website of Schott Music, today. Because the text is in Greek I do not know how the story-line of the opera is: Euripides created another end than Sophocles. For the first time I find also the name Aeschylus. In the information about Aeschylus I cannot find anything about Antigone, but there is some about his competition with Sophocles about the play Oedipus. Aeschylus has won it. Interesting is also that “Aeschylus was a deep, religious thinker”, I read in wiki. “Few poets have ever presented evil in such stark and tragic terms.” And: “Aeschylus was a soldier and playwright.” (Soldier?!….)

From left to right: Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and Mikis Theodorakis




Antigone (Opera): the music and the principle characters                                        

How cruel and barbaric the story might be: the music is beautiful. I am not an opera-fan, but the more I listen here, because of all the posts, and the more I have digged up and learned, the more I love the music and longing finally to listen the entire opera.



  • Composer – Mikis Theodorakis
  • Libretto after texts by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides by Mikis Theodorakis
  • Years of composition: 1994-1996


The following information belongs to the video: a recording from 1999:

  • Oedipus – Yorgos Pappas (Bass)
  • Antigone – Tzeni Drivala (Soprano)
  • Creon – Dimitris Kasioumis (Baritone)
  • Coryphacus – Pavlos Sampsakis (Bass Baritone)
  • HaemonZachos Terzakis (Tenor) (Interview in the following post)




  • Jocasta – Dafne Evagelatou (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Enteocles – Panayiotis Athanasopoulus (Baritone)
  • Polynices – Tasis Christogianopoulus (Tenor)
  • Choir – National Opera Choir
  • Orchestra – Athens State Orchestra
  • Conductor – Loukas Karytinos
  • Year – 1999



Act 1
Scene 1. Before the walls of Thebes 00:01
Scene 2. First Episode, The interor of the fortress at Thebes 15:32
Scene 2. Second Episode, Enter Polynices 26:02
Scene 2. Third Episode 52:26

Act 2
Scene 3. First Episode, Before the Palace (Enter Antigone) 00:01
Scene 4. Second Episode 21:04
Scene 4. Enter Haemon, outside the walls 37:06
Scene 5. Finale, A cave 48:12



Sources and additional information  

Updated: 21 November 2015

About "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis"

The blog "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis" started in 2010. The not-for-profit activities of the initiator were and are to collect, create and publish information about the MUSIC of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis via YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and this blog. Sources for this information are utterly strictly related with Mikis Theodorakis' Music only. The icon is a bouzouki. It is Greece's national symbol for freedom. During the Regime of the Colonels (Military Junta, 1967-1974) the bouzouki was forbidden. Mikis Theodorakis used this authentic Greek instrument in almost all his compositions, and Greeks were listening to Theodorakis's music in the underground scene, during the Military Junta time.
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