Welcome to the new GNO TV
GNO TV, the new online TV channel of the Greek National Opera opened on 25 November 2020. GNO TV is a project made possible through the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] for the enhancement of Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.
GNO TV is part of a new strand of programming of the Greek National Opera aiming at spreading the artistic work of the only Greek opera house across the world, expanding the meaning of artistic outreach. Even if GNO TV opened in the midst of the pandemic and in a time when GNO’s performances had been suspended, this new service is not just an answer to the coronavirus; it signals the digital transition of the Greek National Opera to an era of different needs and new standards. GNO TV aims at attracting audiences from across the world, since, thanks to its artistic identity and the quality of its productions, it can participate on an equal footing in opera’s global online market.
GNO TV offers a wide variety of performances to the GNO audience, ranging from opera and ballet performances from the Stavros Niarchos Hall, to operetta, music theatre performances and festivals from the Alternative Stage, as well as earlier GNO productions, new online festivals, educational programmes and children’s productions.
GNO TV performances are streamed through the global content delivery network Akamai, a top cloud security, web performance and media delivery service, that ensures safe, fast and reliable broadcasts via any device and at any location. With more than 270,000 servers in more than 120 countries, Akamai distributes more than 40% of the worldwide internet traffic, as it supports over 3 trillion digital interactions on a daily basis, from 6,000 leading companies and organizations in their fields on a global level.
The Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera Giorgos Koumendakis notes: “The creation of GNO TV, the new online TV channel of the Greek National Opera, raises the curtain on a new era for our organization. The difficult circumstances of the last months have given us the impetus to speed up and bring the future a step closer to us. Thanks to the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we have the pleasure to introduce a new platform for presenting our work –a new digital stage– that will make our artistic work accessible to the whole world. Our artistic outreach strategy acquires now a new dimension and we are ready to measure our forces and turn to the global audience side by side with all the prestigious opera houses in the world. With a low-priced ticket, the friends of the opera will be able to watch our performances from home. From March 2021 GNO TV will enrich its content with a wide range of selections from opera, ballet, music, music theatre, festivals, performances for children, etc. We will be waiting for you.”