Antigoni Gaitana is a Greek dramaturg, librettist and stage director dedicated to storytelling and connecting with today’s audiences. Through the written word, scholarship, creative collaboration, translating and lecturing, she communicates her passion for breathing new life into standard repertoire and encouraging contemporary operatic creation.
As a dramaturg she functions as a consultant regarding the dramatic qualities of a piece, researches, translates, and designs supertitles. She has collaborated with a wide variety of prestigious musical institutions (New York University, The Mannes Opera, Manhattan School of Music, National Sawdust), festivals (Opera Saratoga, Prototype, Time’s Arrow), and opera companies (Cantanti Project, Dell’arte Opera, Regina Opera) in New York and in her native Greece. From January 2018 until the emergence of the pandemic, she was Titles Administrator at The Metropolitan Opera. In May 2018, she was Production Assistant for the Metropolitan Opera Commissioning Program Workshop for the opera Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, and a selected panelist for the Frontiers Competition of the Fort Worth Opera in Texas. Her most recent collaborations as a dramaturg include the works Torture Testimonies with composer Maria Deli and Chhlong Tonle with composer Liliya Ugay and librettist Sokunthary Svay.
As a director she expresses her vision conceiving not only the stage action but also the sets and costumes for every production. In 2016, Antigoni made her NY debut with the Cantanti Project’s production of Handel’s “Alcina.” In 2017, she co-founded the Colla Voce Workshop for young lyric singers and pianists along with the collaborative pianist and vocal coach Christos Marinos. Antigoni has served as director and dramaturg for the Greek premiere of Vaughan Williams’s “Riders to the Sea” and the opéra bouffe “L'île de Tulipatan” by Jacques Offenbach which Colla Voce Workshop presented at the 33rd and 34th Horto Summer Festival in Greece.
She is active both as a creative writer and as a contributor to art magazines (The Theater Times, Krystallini Faretra). Her poems have been set to music by Anna Mouzaki (Hani Nur, Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project and El Sistema Greece, SNFCC 2018), Dimitri Terzakis (2 Lullabies for Syria, 2020) and Panagiotis Theodossiou (Supplication and Response, 2020).
In 2019 she completed her first libretto and she is currently working on the libretto of the new full-length opera In Limbo by composer Liliya Ugay, scheduled to be partially performed in Florida in April 2022.