A nighttime event at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, fully attended under a moonlit sky in 2024.

Nights At Acropolis: Best Odeon of Herodes Atticus Events in 2024

Plan your unforgettable summer concert right under the Acropolis! Discover the 15 can’t-miss events at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 2024.


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Attending an event at a 2000-year-old theater, in the heart of Athens city, right under the Acropolis, is a truly unique experience.

Having witnessed multiple shows at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus – or simply Herodion – in the past, I can assure you of this.

Nothing compares to the experience: right above you is the illuminated Acropolis and the starry sky, in front of you, an amazingly beautiful theater, and in the background, the modern city of Athens.

Everywhere around you, you feel the weight of history, with previous generations having sat in the very same seats to watch a show.

In my opinion, it’s one of the highlights of Athens – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you’re planning a visit in 2024, mark your calendars!

The program kicks off on June 1st, with operas, concerts, and other performances initially scheduled through July.

But many more are yet to come: the season typically extends into October, with more events to be announced soon.


Where to Stay Near Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 2024

Aerial view from the rooftop of COCO-MAT Athens BC Hotel
Photo of COCO-MAT Athens BC Hotel, next to Herodeion.

Staying close to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 2024 is a great choice, as it’s located right in the heart of Athens.

All the major landmarks, such as the Acropolis Museum and Plaka, are within walking distance.

Moreover, the surrounding area, known as Koukaki, is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, full of locals, bars, and cafes!

Here are my top hotel picks, all within a 15-minute walk from the Herodeion:
Best Luxury Hotel: Coco-mat Athens BC.
Best Mid-priced Hotel: Hotel @Syngrou Fix.
Best Budget Hotel: Athens Backpackers.

For more great accommodation options, check out the ‘Top 10 Neighborhoods to Stay in Athens for Every Traveler‘ guide!


1) 1, 2, 6, 11 June 2024 [Opera] – Greek National Opera – Lukas Karytinos – Hugo de Ana: Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca

This year, the Greek National Opera opens again the Odeon of Herodes Atticus events in 2024.

They present one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Puccini’s Tosca, featuring protagonists of international acclaim.

Tosca by Hugo de Ana (revival directed by Katerina Petsatodi) is thrilling, dramatic, and utterly faithful to the composer’s spirit, as well as the historical context referred to in the libretto.

The impressive sets – a huge Crucifixion, a sacred table, a painting studio – are complemented by spectacular projections of Rome’s monuments, religious symbols, and videos that add a cinematic dimension to the production.


2) 13 June 2024 [Contemporary Music] – ANOHNI and the Johnsons (World Premiere)

For the first time in a decade, ANOHNI presents a series of concerts with the Johnsons, along with nine musicians including Julia Kent (cello), Maxim Moston (violin), Doug Wieselman (multi-instrumentalist), Gael Rakotondrabe (piano), Leo Abrahams (guitarist), and Jimmy Hogarth (guitarist/producer).

ANOHNI’s musical journey spans several genres – from electronic experimental to avant-classical, dance, and soul.

She gained international recognition with her album I Am a Bird Now (2005), which won the British Mercury Prize.

Since then, she has released The Crying Light (2009), Swanlights (2010), live recordings Cut the World (2012), and TURNING (2014).

In 2016, she released the politically charged electronic album HOPELESSNESS, produced by Hudson Mohawke and Daniel Lopatin, acclaimed as one of the year’s top ten albums by The New York Times.

That same year, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for the environmental elegy “Manta Ray,” featured in the movie Racing Extinction (dir. Louie Psihoyos, 2015).

With her sixth studio album, titled My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross (2023), ANOHNI once again focuses on social constructions, spirituality, and our relationship with the “biosphere”.

The album was distinguished as the “album of the year” by The New Yorker.


3) 15 June 2024 [Classical Music] – Emanuel Ax – Leonidas Kavakos – Yo-Yo Ma: Works by Beethoven

This year, we are privileged to witness three superstars of classical music on the stage of Herodion.

We are talking about three leading soloists, each known for their unparalleled technique and interpretive skill.

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma have been sharing the stage in recent years, captivating audiences in the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

Together, they have recorded three albums dedicated to Beethoven’s works.

This collaboration has proven exceptionally successful and, it seems, equally delightful for the trio.

A magical encounter that offers the opportunity to enjoy three genius performers in a high-level creative dialogue.


4) June 18 [Classical Music] – Philharmonia Orchestra – Santtu-Matias Rouvali – Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Works by Glinka, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky

The renowned Philharmonia Orchestra of London, one of the world’s leading orchestras, comes to Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 2024 for an event under the direction of Finnish Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

At just 35, he took over a position previously held by such legends as Toscanini, Karajan, and Muti.

Rouvali’s dynamism and fresh approach are perfectly matched by the explosive temperament of violin soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

She is considered the enfant terrible of classical music, known for her unconventional and passionate interpretations.


5) 25 June 2024 [Dance] – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meskerem Mees, Jean-Marie Aerts, Carlos Garbin / Rosas: EXIT ABOVE – after the tempest

One of the most significant creators of contemporary dance, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, returns to Odeon of Herodes Atticus for one of the most amazing events in 2024.

Together with her Rosas group, they will present EXIT ABOVE, her new work acclaimed by critics at major European festivals (Avignon, Vienna, Rome).

This is a choreography for thirteen performers with live music, where the familiar act of walking meets the blues.

The work illuminates how the blues “create” community, the sense of “togetherness,” in a demanding choreography that gradually overwhelms the stage with its explosive energy.

De Keersmaeker enlists here the sound magician Jean-Marie Aerts, the captivating performance of Meskerem Mees, an emerging Flemish songwriter of Ethiopian descent, and guitarist Carlos Garbin.


6) 26 June 2024 [Contemporary Music] – Loreena McKennitt: The Mask and Mirror – 30th Anniversary Tour

Loreena McKennitt returns to Greece after her two sold-out concerts in 2019 in Athens and Thessaloniki, which left outstanding impressions.

The Canadian singer and composer is distinguished for her unique musical style, combining world music with folk elements from Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

This year, she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her iconic album The Mask and Mirror with a European tour.

During her performances, she blends Celtic musical tradition with the sounds of Spain and Morocco.

In her concert in Athens, the first stop of her tour, she will present beloved classic songs in the first part, while in the second, she will perform the entirety of The Mask and Mirror.


7) 28 June 2024 [Classical Music] – Athens State Orchestra – Neeme Järvi: Beethoven’s Ninth

Distinguished lyrical artists of international renown are collaborating with the ASO, all under the experienced baton of Neeme Järvi.

The famous American conductor of Estonian descent will lead the ensemble.

Together they will present Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony to the Herodion audience.

This immortal masterpiece, undoubtedly one of the highest achievements of the human spirit, changed the course of symphonic music more than any other.

As an unsurpassable legacy of beauty and truth, it represents the most vivid musical expression of humanism, a work-symbol of freedom, dignity, and the fraternity of peoples.


8) 30 June 2024 [Classical Music] – Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Simon Rattle – Magdalena Kožená: Works by Dvořák, Mahler, Bartók, Schubert

The award-winning Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been at the forefront for decades, thanks to its distinctive sound and captivating performances.

This summer, it tours Europe’s major stages under the baton of a podium superstar, British Sir Simon Rattle.

This marks Rattle’s third collaboration with the Orchestra, with which the charismatic conductor declares himself truly in love.

Soloist, the famous mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in Gustav Mahler’s stirring Five Rückert Songs.

The program also includes Five Hungarian Folk Songs by Béla Bartók and Antonín Dvořák’s Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66.

Lastly, it concludes with a masterpiece, Franz Schubert’s “Great” Symphony No. 9 in C major.


9) 4 July 2024 [Classical Music] – Grazer Philharmoniker – Vassilis Christopoulos – Alexia Mouza: Works by Strauss, Mozart, Mahler

The Greek conductor Vassilis Christopoulos recently started his tenure as the principal conductor at the Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Graz.

In doing so, he has taken the reins of one of Europe’s historic opera houses.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus warmly welcomes the internationally acclaimed conductor and “his” orchestra, along with the explosive pianist Alexia Mouza, for one of its most remarkable events in 2024.

The program’s works refer, in one way or another, to Vienna’s musical tradition: the delightful Overture from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus is followed by one of Mozart’s most famous and beloved works, the Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major.

The second part is dedicated to a landmark work of late musical Romanticism, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.


10) 5 July 2024 [Contemporary Music] – Sting

In his impressive career, Sting has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold 100 million albums worldwide.

He is one of the most distinctive solo artists in the world and the former frontman of the Police.

Singer, composer, actor, author, and activist, Sting has also received a Golden Globe, four Oscar nominations, a Tony Award nomination, and Billboard’s Century Award, and was honored by the Kennedy Center.

His support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International, and Live Aid exemplifies the global influence of his art.

Along with his wife Trudie Styler, he founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect the world’s rainforests and the indigenous populations living there.

The Herodion concert’s special guest will be the talented songwriter and performer Giordana Angi.


11) 10 July 2024 [Classical Music] – The Philharmonic Brass – Philippe Auguin: Works by Gershwin, Williams, Morricone, Shostakovich, Verdi, Mascagni, Dvořák

Formed exclusively of brass and percussion, the Philharmonic Brass was established in 2023 by members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics.

Prominent musicians from three generations, top in their field, unite their passion and forces aiming to evolve and offer the audience a unique listening experience.

Philippe Auguin, known to the Greek audience, will conduct the orchestra during the 2024 events at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Lastly, they will interpret popular melodies from cinema and the classical repertoire.


12) 12 July 2024 [Classical Music] – Athens State Orchestra – Lukas Karytinos – Khatia Buniatishvili: Works by Tchaikovsky and Bartók

Thanks to a fiery combination of talent, virtuosity, expressiveness, and brilliance, Georgian piano superstar Khatia Buniatishvili consistently enchants her audience.

Wherever she appears, she performs highly demanding works, offering interpretations filled with passion and inspiration.

This year we welcome her to Herodion, to perform perhaps the most popular piano concerto of all times, Tchaikovsky’s First.

Alongside the Athens State Orchestra and esteemed conductor Lukas Karytinos, they will take on the roles of… soloists.

They’ll perform Béla Bartók’s famous Concerto for Orchestra.

It’s a work that stands as the Hungarian pioneer’s most impressive symphonic creation, bursting with vitality and a dance-like mood that verges on the frenetic.

A night promising great emotion!


13) 16 July 2024 [Classical Music] – Jakub Józef Orliński – Il Pomo d’Oro: Beyond

The award-winning Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is set to captivate the Greek audience at the 2024 events at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

He will showcase not only his voice, acclaimed as the ‘most unearthly beautiful on the planet,’ but also his charismatic presence as a breakdancer.

Along with the outgoing and activist ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, renowned for its foundation in 2012 by famed virtuosos in the field of historical musical interpretation, they achieve global acclaim.

Their performances in sold-out recitals worldwide have introduced a new generation of listeners to early music.

It’s no coincidence that Orliński’s live-recorded performance of Vivaldi’s aria “Vedrò con mio diletto” (Aix-en-Provence, 2017) has over 11,000,000 views on YouTube.

With Beyond, they present compositions of the early Baroque, many of which are rarely played, in one of the most anticipated and unconventional evenings of this year’s program.


14) 18 July 2024 [Contemporary Music] – Charles Lloyd Sky Quarter – Special Guest Maria Farantouri

Charles Lloyd, the legendary jazz musician, returns to Greece to share the stage once again with Maria Farantouri.

This reunion comes a decade and a half after the historic ‘Athens Concert,’ captivating audiences at Herodion in 2010 and achieving tremendous success with its CD release.

The great American saxophonist and composer recently celebrated his 86th birthday by releasing a new album, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow.

For his performance, he will be joined by three exceptional soloists of international renown.

These include pianist Jason Moran, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Brian Blade.

The paths of jazz intersect with Greek musical tradition and Mikis Theodorakis in a concert of fascinating musical fusions.


15) 27, 28, 30 & 31 July 2025 [Opera] – Greek National Opera – Pier Giorgio Morandi – Konstantinos Rigos: Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata

The program at Herodion concludes with Verdi’s La Traviata, in a production directed by Konstantinos Rigos.

First presented by the Greek National Opera at the Roman Odeon in the summer of 2019, it was met with significant acclaim.

The ill-fated love of the “Lady with the Camellias” for Alfredo Germont, as inspired and set to music by Verdi through melodies of unique power that are indelibly written in the mind and heart, will come alive for four performances.

In the first cast, American opera superstar Nadine Sierra is set to take on the role of Violetta Valery.

She will be joined by the rising tenor Freddie De Tommaso as Alfredo Germont and the internationally recognized baritone Dimitri Platanias in the role of Giorgio Germont.

For the second cast, the Greek National Opera presents two of its internationally recognized stars.

Vassiliki Karayanni will portray Violetta Valery, with Tassis Christoyannopoulos stepping into the shoes of Giorgio Germont.

Completing this ensemble is the famous Italian tenor Francesco Demuro, who will perform as Alfredo.


More Herodion Events in Your Inbox

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus during the day, empty and serene, awaiting events in 2024.

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2 thoughts on “Nights At Acropolis: Best Odeon of Herodes Atticus Events in 2024”

  1. Hi there! Any link to the whole program of the Odeon and where we can purchase tickets?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Mary,

      The premier event at the Herodeion is the Athens Epidaurus Festival, which you can find at https://aefestival.gr/?lang=en. In addition to this, there are independent shows that are not part of the festival, which is why it’s not easy to find all the shows on one website. I’ll gather these extra events and update this article with them once they’re announced.

      Just so you know, not all performances might be in English, as some could be in Greek. But everything I post here is something that international audiences can enjoy.

      If you’re in Athens and there isn’t a show at the Herodeion during your stay, a great plan B is to check out Athens’ Open Air Cinemas. They’re a unique experience, open every day, and play movies in their original language, so you won’t need to know Greek. You can find more info at https://sunnyathens.com/open-air-cinemas-the-10-best-in-athens/.

      For tickets, please look at https://www.more.com/mainnavigation/χωροι/ωδειο-ηρωδου-αττικου/, which you can also find in the last section of the article.

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