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Love Unconquered

Tuesday 14 February 2012, Markideion Theatre, Paphos, 20:30
Wednesday 15 February 2012, Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia, 20:30

Love Unconquered

Programme:
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
G. Puccini: Love Duet from La Bohème (1st Act)
G. Fauré: Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 80
G. Puccini: Love Duet from Madame Butterfly (1st Act)

Soloists: Alexia Voulgaridou (soprano), Yiannis Christopoulos (tenor)

Conductor: Alkis Baltas

Tickets available at the Theatres’ box office (Tel. 26 932571, 22 313010)
€12 and €7 (18- 26 years old and pensioners)
Free entrance for children and students under 18 years old

Information: 22 463144

Yannis Christopoulos was born in Athens. From a very early age he studied Byzantine music and afterwards received classical vocal training. He completed his studies in Cremona, Italy.  Upon completion of his studies he started to sing roles of the classical and contemporary repertoire at the National Opera of Athens and the Megaron Hall in Athens and Thessaloniki. He has worked with all the major orchestras in Greece.  Mr. Christopoulos has appeared in opera productions and concerts at International and Greek festivals such as the Greek Festival, Demetria, Santorini and Nicosia Festivals, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Brahms Saal, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, Cairo Opera House, and many others.  His rich discography includes the opera The return of Helen by Thanos Mikroutsikos issued by EMI classics, the cycle of songs In my home perfect stranger by Thanos Mikroutsikos on poetry by Francois Villion, the oratorio Chronicles of the Fall by Giorgos Hadjinasios based on the work of Georgios Phrantzes, the oratorio The Revelation of John by Tasos Ioannidis, the one-act comic operetta Le docteur miracle by Georges Bizet (foreign production). Since January 2008 he is president of the Lyric Soloists Union of Greece.

Alexia Voulgaridou studied at the Athens National Odeon and at the Munich Music Academy with Daphne Evangelatos. She started her international career at the Bregenz Festival in the role of Mimi in La Bohème next to Rolando Villazon and at La Scala of Milan as Manon. Highlights of her career include: Romeo and Juliette in Atlanta, Verdi's Requiem in Ravenna with Riccardo Muti, Otello in Hamburg with Simone Young, Carmen in Valencia with Lorin Maazel, Dialogues des Carmelites with the Hamburg State Opera, La Bohème with Berlin State Opera with Gustavo Dudamel, Anna Bolena at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Turandot with Zubin Mehta in Valencia. In 2008 she made a series of outstanding performances which gave her career a tremendous boost: La Bohème at La Scala of Milan under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, La Τraviata at the Hamburg State Opera, La Bohème at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Luisa Miller in Valencia with Marcello Alvarez and Lorin Maazel. In 2009 she interpreted the role of Marguerite in Gounod's Faust in Valencia, which she recorded with Andrea Boccelli in Palermo, under the baton of Michel Plasson. Ms Voulgaridou has recorded a personal album titled "A portrait" with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich (BMG), La Clemenza di Tito (Sony BMG) and La Rondine with the Sidney Symphony Orchestra. She also has numerous performances on DVD such as Mimi in La Bohème at the Bregenz Festival, next to Rolando Villazon and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, as Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc and as Liu in Turandot with Zubin Mehta in Valencia, which was awarded by Gramophone. She also had a very distinguished appearance in the film Deux in the role of a singer next to actress Isabel Huppert for the Festival of Cannes. Some of her recent appearances include Carmen at Caracas with Gustavo Dudamel, Liu with Lorin Maazel in China, La Bohème at the German Opera of Berlin and Manon by Massenet at La Scala of Milan. In December 2010 she toured the USA with famous tenor Andrea Boccelli. 

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