Antigoni Gaitana is a Greek opera dramaturg 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 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. Since January 2018, she has been a Titles Administrator for The Metropolitan Opera, and in May of the same year was made Production Assistant for the Metropolitan Opera Commissioning Program Workshop for the opera “Intimate Apparel” by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage.
Other highlights of her work include an essay on “Dido and Aeneas” for Opera Saratoga’s 2015 season program book, supertitles for New York University’s Opera Scenes presentation and for Trinity Church’s Time’s Arrow Festival (“Artemisia”), and performance texts for Heartbeat Opera (“Miss Handel”). Antigoni is also a contributor to the online magazine The Theater Times, where she writes opera reviews.
In 2016, Antigoni made her debut as a stage director 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 Summer Festival in Horto, Greece respectively.
In May 2018, Antigoni was a selected panelist for the Frontiers Competition of the Fort Worth Opera in Texas, and in June, she collaborated with El Sistema Greece and Carnegie Hall for the latter’s “Lullaby Project”, with an original text for a lullaby by composer Anna Mouzaki. In 2019, Antigoni completed her first libretto. In 2020 she began her collaborations in the Art Song realm; her poems were set by composer Dimitri Terzakis ("Two Lullabies for Syria") and by composer Panagiotis Theodossiou ("Supplication and Response" ).