Workshop: Visualising Callas

Educational workshop: 

Visualising the Voice of Maria Callas

A Greek National Opera (GNO) partnership with the Digital Media Lab (DmLab) of the Technical University of Crete. The event forms part of the Greek National Opera’s tribute programme marking the centennial anniversary of Maria Callas’ birth. It is also part of the 2023 UNESCO Maria Callas Anniversary proposed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. The workshop will take place between 1-7 December 2023 at the Greek National Opera, Athens, Greece.

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Greek National Opera and the Digital Media Lab – Technical University of Crete, a pioneering educational workshop titled Visualising the Voice of Maria Callas is being jointly organized by the two institutions. On the occasion of the celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Maria Callas this workshop will focus on further broadening the relationships between architecture and music, space and sound, and –through the use of new digital media– will seek to experimentally visualize the very sound of the greatest soprano.

More specifically, the aim of this workshop is to offer participants the opportunity to understand the use of creative new media tools. Participants will experiment with the three-dimensional models (3D point clouds) of the scanned interior spaces of the GNO building designed by Renzo Piano that resulted from the preceding research project by DmLab, and seek ways of capturing interactions between the voice of Maria Callas and the spaces of the Greek National Opera. This will lead to the creation of virtual and hybrid installations that, taken as a whole, will illuminate this iconic figure from an entirely different perspective. The resulting creations are to be exhibited in digital form on GNO TV, the online TV channel of the Greek National Opera, as well as in fit-for-purpose exhibition spaces located in both Athens and Chania. The first exhibition is set to open inside the foyer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, one of the best contemporary opera houses in Europe, on December 7, at 17:00 and the second one in Chania in Spring 2024.

The workshop is open to everyone but it is particularly suited to those who have a strong background in architecture, scenography / visual arts, music composition, or computer science and can demonstrate their digital art skills and experimentations in advanced 3D modeling and/or VR.

Up to ten (10) participants will be selected by the scientific committee and will have the opportunity to physically attend the workshop for free. They will work on the provided 3D models using tools such as TouchDesigner and Blender. Participants will attend a series of lectures and hands-on tutorials, and will visit various premises of the Greek National Opera.

Workshop location: Greek National Opera, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

Workshop duration: 1-7 December 2023

Registration fees: free

Application Requirements:

– Short CV with contact info (doc, docx and pdf only)
– Short statement explaining your background and why you would like to participate in the workshop (maximum 500 words, doc, docx and pdf only)
– Sample work (maximum file size 11mb or wetransfer link)

Please send application material to by November 17, 2023.

More information (schedule, keynote speakers, etc) will be announced on

Educational Workshop Scientific Committee:

Professor Panos Parthenios
Assistant Professor Anna Karagianni
Assistant Professor Vassiliki Geropanta

Main Tutor:

Georgios Cherouvim [Senior FX-TD | Computer Animator | Artist | Educator]

Keynote Lecturers:

Marcos Novak [Director transLAB | Professor and Chair MAT/UCSB | Transarchitect | Artist | Theorist]
Ioannis Markopoulos [Head EU & International Business Nova]
John Bardakos [artist | researcher | adacemic]


Alex Retsis [Sound Designer & Composer | Lecturer | Electronic Music Artist]
Stavros Kalimeris [Technical Design Office Collaborator at the Greek National Opera]
Sophia Kompotiati [Associate Musicologist | Head of GNO Virtual Educational Museum]
Nicoleta Chatzopoulou [composer | performer | researcher | artistic director NGallery]

Project Lead:

Panos Parthenios
Professor of Digital Technologies in Architectural Design
Head of the Digital Media Lab – DmLab | School of Architecture | Technical University of Crete


Lead Donor of the GNO & Maria Callas Tribute Donor

Maria Callas Tribute Sponsor

The equipment is provided courtesy of


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