The Athens Opera is the only lyric theatre of Greece. The establishment
of the Greek National Opera was based on the Greek Opera House and is
considered as part of its continuation.
At first it was established by Napoleon Lambelet, Dionyssios Lavrangas
and by a group of inspired musicians. During the year 1888, the first
Greek Opera was presented.
Since the year 1944 the Athens Opera operates as an autonomous
organisation. Many famous names of the lyric singers participated in
performances presented by the Greek National Opera, who later on became
famous abroad. Certainly the most important of them all is Maria Callas
, who signed the first professional contract with the Greek National
Opera on June 20, 1940.