The Wax Doll, Konstantinos Christomanos

In Athens, during the Belle Époque, Nikos and Verginia, a newlywed couple, have set up their home at the working-class district of Gargaretta.

He works as a carpenter. She, many years older than him, has a failing health, as a result of a miscarriage in her first pregnancy.

When at some point she collapses, young Liolia, a lovely, beautiful, sixteen-year-old girl is brought home to help. Under the eye of helpless Virginia, her hale husband and the inexperienced girl are romantically attracted to each other. During the wild festivities of the Athenian Carnival, the two of them come closer.

Virginia suffers in silence, but out of love, she makes it easier for them to be together, by sending them to the spring fields to bring flowers. The healthy youths succumb to the irresistible calling of their desire and romantically unite in nature.

The malicious neighbors gossip incessantly and the sick woman, sensing what is going on, surrenders to the embrace of death.

One evening, as she wakes up, she sees the couple cuddled in the moonlight, becomes upset and passes away. A few months after the funeral, Nikos marries the pregnant Liolia but the past is haunting their relationship.

The unfortunate young woman gives birth to a seven-months premature baby girl, pale like a wax doll, who looks like the deceased Verginia.

Despite her supplications at the dead woman’s tomb, the newborn dies. While hopes for a new life arise, Nikos is stabbed to death by a friend who had long coveted Liolia.

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Libretto

Yannis Svolos, based on Konstantinos Christomanos’ novel of the same title 

Conductor
Nicolas Vassiliou

Director
Simos Kakalas

Set Design
Kenny Mc Lelan

Costumes
Claire Bracewell

Lighting Design
Panayotis Lambis

Cast:

CONSTANTIN CHRISTOMANOS
Arkadios Rakopoulos

VERGINIA
Theodora Baka

NIKOS
Yannis Kalyvas

LIOLIA
Stelina Apostolopoulou

AUNTIE ELENGO
Julia Souglakou

MISSIS EVRIDIKI
Sofia Kyanidou

MISSIS DIMITRAENA
Lydia Angelopoulou

MISSIS ARISTIDAENA
Margarita Syngeniotou

BIBIKA
Lydia Zervanou

MIMIS
Dionysos Tsantinis

DINOS
Yannis Filias

DOCTOR, PRIEST
Dimitris Nalbandis

BEADLE, POLICEMAN
Kostis Mavrogenis

With the participation of Ergon Ensemble 

THE WAX DOLL

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