Fan Reports from Alexander Rybak’s Meet and Greet in Athens, Greece 19.08.2017
This summer Alexander took a few days vacation in Greece, during his visit he made time to meet up with some of his Greek fans.
“I am sick and coughing all the time. So if you’re crazy enough to meet me tomorrow, bring some vitamin C with you, so you don’t get sick as well.” – Alexander Rybak
Athina and Marthina attended the Meet and Greet, and were among the first to excitedly post their photos on Instagram. They are very happy to share their experiences of meeting up with Alexander, keep reading to hear their stories.
Translated by Tessa Lande. Revised by Katie Anderson.
Recording by May Elizabeth.
A Fairytale: Alexander Rybak still gets the audience excited about his legendary song “Fairytale”. Photo: Andreas Fadum
Rybak shocked the Greek Eurovision fans
The crowd gasped when the “Fairytale” artist appeared unannounced on stage.
SEOGHØR.NO: Monday, this week, Alexander Rybak (26) Made an unexpected comeback on the Eurovision stage. Along with the Greek star Kostas Martakis, he played the legendary song “Fairytale” in the Greek Eurovision Final.
Alexander was invited to perform at Greek national ESC Final together with Greek singer Kostas Martakis. They performed “Fayritale” in duet. Also Alexander was interviewed on stage, together with other 3 ESC stars Dima Bilan, Ruslana and Marija Šerifović. They all have tried to tell several words in Greek.
Duet with Kostas Martakis “Fairytale”
Recorded by May Elisabeth.
Interview of 4 ESC winners
Recorded by May Elisabeth. English translation by Mary Mastrogianni.
Alexander was the guest at the popular TV show “Pame Paketo” on Alpha TV in Greece. The episode was aired on October 13, although the shootings for the show had occurred on September 30. The show is about reuniting people who have been apart for years, by sending them a package. In this case, several of Alexander’s Greek fans, who had not met him for 2,5 years, were the package senders.
1) The show “Pame Paketo” (“Πάμε Πακέτο” = The Package), Alpha TV 13.10.2011
Available with various subtitles, click CC. Names of contributors shown at the beginning.
This is Alexander’s only known performance in Greece so far. In 2007, 2 years before winning the Eurovision, he played songs from «Axion Estin» with the Oslo-based Vivaldi Orchestra in Plomari, Lesbos. Here you can listen the only two songs whose recording has become available from this concert, and watch photos. You can see Alexander at the piano in two of the photos.
Click CC for subtitles. Available in English (by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard), Russian (from hellas-songs.ru) and Greek (original). Subtitle syncing: Yannis P.
The Vivaldi orchestra has been founded and conducted by Alexander’s father, Igor Rybak. At the vocals we find the Greek-Norwegian mezzo soprano Marilena Zlatanou and the Arcadia Choir, also from Norway.
The two songs heard here are «Της αγάπης αίματα» (Blood of Love) and «Ένα το χελιδόνι» (Lone is the swallow). They both belong to the famous Oratory of Mikis Theodorakis «Axion Esti» («Ἄξιον Ἐστὶ» = “It is Truly Meet”, 1964), based on the homonym poem of the Nobel-laureate Odysseus Elytis (1960), inspired after the struggle of the Greek people against fascism from the beginning of WW-2 and onwards.