Yorgos Lanthimos’ highly anticipated new film, Bleat –the second work to be commissioned as part of the Greek National Opera and NEON programme The Artist on the Composer has its world premiere accompanied by live music ensembles on Friday, 6 May followed by presentations on 7 and 8 May at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the GNO at the SNFCC.

The silent short film written, directed and produced by Yorgos Lanthimos and shot on the Greek island of Tinos in February 2020, features Oscar-winning American actress Emma Stone and acclaimed French actor Damien Bonnard; both present at the premiere. Accompanying music by J. S. Bach / Knut Nystedt and Toshio Hosokawa will be performed live inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall by GNO musicians, the Chorus of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation and soloist Angelina Tkatcheva (cimbalom), by conductor Nicolas Vassiliou and chorus master Agathangelos Georgakatos.

The Artist on The Composer is an innovative collaboration between Greek National Opera and NEON, curated by Giorgos Koumendakis (Artistic Director GNO) and Elina Kountouri (Director ΝΕΟΝ). It connects pioneering contemporary artists with classical music and opera, a synergy that results in a single new art form.

Participation in the co-production of Greek National Opera is made possible by a Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) grant for enhancing the GNO’s artistic outreach.

ΝΕΟΝ is solely funded by its founder Dimitris Daskalopoulos.