It is worth keeping in mind, though, that after every catastrophic phase, after every setback, both Greece and the NY Jets have managed to survive, recover and, on occasion, prosper. Both Greeks and Gang Green nation are nothing but truly resilient.
It is tragic that a geo-political argument prevents Thessaloniki from being fully integrated with its traditional hinterland. The problem is the rancorous, silly dispute between the Macedonian region of former Yugoslavia and Greece that has dragged on, impeding regional progress for two decades.
From the director to the choreographer, the set/costume designer to the orchestra conductor, all but a couple of singers worked without pay, yet the opera is a completely professional spectacle, unstintingly extravagant and exciting to the eye and ear.