From the myth of Echo and Narcissus, which first outlined the concept of media, to the digital 21st century. Undertaking the roles of composer and librettist and inspired by these two mythological figures, live coding presents a digital opera addressing contemporary themes.

Ovid’s tale of Narcissus, who is transfixed by his own reflection, and Echo, who is condemned to wander disembodied through eternity, is staged by Medea Electronique using live coding and code poetry: the code is written in real time and generates the opera’s sound as well as its libretto. Transcribing the properties of opera into its digital equivalents, the libretto is sung by live performers.

Click here to download the libretto of Echo and Narcissus.

The libretto of Echo and Narcissus is displayed with subtitles in English as the programming language python supports only English words.



Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
19 April 2018 at 20:30
Main Stage
In English
For more info: http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG2001


Adapted & Curated by: Medea Electronique
Live Coding:  Alexandros Drymonitis
Musical Direction:  Manolis Manousakis
Dramaturgy: Angeliki Poulou
Script: Panagiotis Goubouros
Live Visuals: Vicky Bisbiki
Video: Kleopatra Korai
Cinematography (back projection): Michael Tebinka
Choreography – Movement: Yannis Nikolaidis
Set Design: Christos Laskaris
Costumes: gaffer & fluf (Katerina Vamvaka)
Hair Design: Chronis Tzimos
Make up artist: Νabil Salame
Light design: Melina Mascha
Sound Design: Alexandros Drymonitis, Manolis Manousakis
Technical Directors: S19st_Vassilis Koundouris, Tim Ward
Sound engineering & Mix mastering audio: S19st  _Costas Bokos
Assistant Sound Engineer: Konstantina Thanopoulou
Graphic Design: Yannis Lolis
Chorus (video movement): Ioanna-Ilektra Apostolou, Sesil Mikroutsikou, Maria Fountouli
Chorus (video voices): Eleni Karakasi, Marietta Sarri, Eirini Sgouridou

Song: Katerina Maniou (soprano), Marios Sarantidis (bass-baritone)
Production Design: Manolis Manousakis

Production Services: Telekinissi SA
Production Management: Iro Akrivou

Produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens

Photos from the premiere (below): Yannis Soulis