- Nikos Bakounakis
Greek city in the northwestern Peloponnese. Regular music life in Patras began in 1872 with the opening of the Italian style theatre ‘Apollo’, enclosed in a neoclassical building, designed by the German architect Ernst Ziller and sponsored by the local Greek, British, and German currant merchants. For 40 years, up to the eve of World War I it hosted performances of operas and operettas by travelling Italian opera companies. It operated with the impresario system and formed part of a network of Italian theatres in the Eastern Mediterranean (Corfu, Zante, Patras, Hermoupolis, Smyrna, Alexandria). In that first season (...