The Greek National Opera was founded in 1939, showcasing performances in the Ziller building on Agiou Constantinou Street.
Housed in the newly-built Olympia Theatre, on Acadimias Street, the Greek National Opera has been operating in its premises since 1958. This fact signalled a period of great expansion for the Greek National Opera; its programme included twenty productions per year, premieres, as well as productions staged at the Herodes Atticus Odeon and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
In 1940, Maria Callas appeared on stage; this was a historic and momentous event for the Greek National Opera. Since then, distinguished performers have graced the stage and have never ceased to fascinate audiences. The repertoire of the only opera house in Greece covers four centuries of opera from Monteverdi to contemporary Greek composers.