Κυριακή, 2 Μαρτίου 2014

PANAGIOTIS KAROUSOS' OPERA PROMETHEUS BOUND IN NEW YORK 9 MARCH 2014 - MAMIE FAY AUDITORIUM 21-21 DITMARS BOULEVARD, QUEENS, NY 11105 - ARTISTS BIOS


Vasileios Asimakopoulos, bass - Prometheus
Vasileios Asimakopoulos studied classical singing with Professor Athanasia Bezouli and got his degree with distinction and first prize.
He has participated in international choral competitions in Greece and abroad (Preveza, Valencia etc) winning first prizes and medals with the «Ambitus Choir» among others. He is an active member of the musical group «Pocket Opera» where has starred in various roles as a soloist. He has performed the roles of Ocean and Zeus in the opera "Prometheus" by P. Karousos and took the leading role of Prometheus in places like the ancient theater "Little Epidaurus", the ancient theater of Messina, the National Archeological Museum in Athens, and sung the main arias in “Parnassos” Concert Hall under the direction of maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis, etc. He has performed the role of Pope Julius II in the opera "The Michelangelo in Rome" by Philip Tsalachouris. It is a member of the Greek Theatre "AIXMI" under the direction of G. Nikolaidis where is actively involved each year with productions of Ancient Tragedies in numerous festivals throughout Greece. He has collaborated with the National Opera of Greece in various productions (Nabucco, Faust, Il Trovatore, Sicilian Vespers). He has participated in the Masterclass Jeanette Pilou, at the Lilian Voudouri Hall of the Library of the Athens Concert Hall. He has also taken part as an active member of the Cheryl Studer Masterclass. He has participated in several other festivals and theatrical performances (Greece, Cyprus), and has performed live in the National Greek Radio and recorded albums.

Irene Konsta, soprano (Io – Goddess Athena)
Irene Konsta was born in Athens,Greece.She studied classical singing and graduated in 2004 from the class of the World-famous bass George Pappas winning First prize and the Golden Award of exceptional performance. She also studied acting and dance. She has attended vocal seminars of G. Dimitrova, M. Caballe, L. Serra, R. Knoll and A. Christofellis in Greece and abroad. She has been collaborating with the Greek National Opera since 2008. Her repertory includes Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte-Mozart), Nedda (I Pagliacci-Leoncavallo), Desdemona (Otello-Verdi), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus-Strauss), Zerpina (La serva padrona-Pergolesi) and more. She is a regular member of the culture company ''Polymnia'' through which she performs in concerts and presentations of full operas and operettas. In the summer of 2013 she sang the role of Io in P. Karousos ''Prometheus Bound'' in the small theatre of Ancient Epidavrus, in Ancient Theatre of Messina and in the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. Irene Konsta performed the role of Deianira in P. Karousos opera “Olympic Flame”, at the Old Parliament House of Greece. Irene Konsta holds a diploma in violin and one in Ancient Greek Language and Philosophy from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Anastasios Stellas, tenor (Ocean – Hermes)
Tenor Anastasios Stellas was born in Athens and he started his music studies in the early age, studying the piano and Byzantine Music. He finished his studies in the vocal department (classical and modern singing studies) taking his diploma from the Ioanna’s  Sygkelaki Conservatory, with excellent grade, first prize with honors.
He belongs in the special category of the light tenors (tenoro leggiero) a voice that gives him the ability to sing roles of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti with a remarkable flexibility and easiness.His thatrical studies and action (works as an actor in more than 10 years) gives him an advantage in the acting part of the roles.
He has attended a lot of vocal seminars and master classes in Greece and abroad and he has studied with a variety of important soloists (soprano Mata Katsouli, tenor James Taylor, mezzo soprano Maria Georgakarakou – Boston University, conductors Helmut Rilling and Anastasios Symeonidis). He has participated in productions of Athens Megaron Music Hall (L’italiana in Algeri and Die Zauberflote) in cooperation with the National Opera of Greece.
In his repertoire he has the roles of Ferrando from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Paolino from Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Beppe from Donizetti’s Rita, Don Ottavio from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Basilio from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Conte Almaviva from the Rossini's Il Barbiere di Seviglia and other roles for this type of voice. Finally he is the founder and the general manager of the Greek artistic company OPERA NEON (ΟΠΕΡΑ ΝΕΩΝ) organizing alternative and low budget opera productions.
Maria Lyberakou, soprano (Via – Oceanide)
Maria Lyberakou is a soprano who performs with the same passion opera, oratorio lied, contemporary and modern music. She is holding her singing diploma with excellent grades on both classical and modern singing (first prize of excellent performing). She has attended a lot of master classes and seminars in Greece and abroad on vocal techniques and opera acting with a variety of important and acknowledged singers such as Elisabeth Vidal, Sibylla Rubens, Birgit Nickl, Ingeborg Danz, James Taylor, Mata Katsouli, Dimitra Theodosiou and conductors Helmut Rilling and Anastasios Symeonidis. She has performed chamber music and oratorio such as Heandel's Messiah, Messe basse and Reqiem of G. Faure, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Messe in C min., Matteus and Johanes passion of J. S. Bach and Vivaldi's Beatus Vir cantata. In opera she debuted with the Belinda's role in H. Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas and with the role of the first boy on the Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. Her repertoire include the roles: Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte, Mozart), Carolina (Il matrimonio Segreto, Cimarosa), Ritta (Ritta, Donizetti), Gilda (Rigoletto, Verdi), Rosina (Il barbiere di Seviglia, Rossini), Norina (Don Pasqualle, Donizetti) and Via, Oceanide and Amfitriti (Prometheus Bound, P. Karousos). She has participated in a lot of opera productions in cooperation with the Greek National Opera and the Athens' Megaron Concert Hall. 
Danae Kioupouroglou, flute  
Danae Kioupouroglou has graduated from the Music High School of Ilion in Attica. Finished her studies  taking the flute's diploma with excellent grade from the Athens conservatory in the class of Urs Routimann and Panagiotis Drakos. She has also completed the advanced music theory studies, having certificates on the Classical Harmonisation, Contra Punctus and Fuga. She has been a member of the Athen's National Orchestra and the Philarmonic Orchestras in the municipalities of Ilioupolis, Alimos, Markopoulo and Moschato. She has also played in theatrical plays for children ("The neverland", "The American", "The mystery of the lost music score" etc.) and has been a member of the "Avra Anima" quintet, counting a large number of performances. She is now a member of the Philarmonic Orchestra in the municipality of Chalandri and in parallel she is teaching in the conservatories "The national conservatory of Ilioupolis", "Thoukididio", "En do", and in the music school of Nea Smyrni. Most recently she performed the word premiere of “Fantasia for Flute” by P. Karousos in “Parnassos” Concert Hall under the direction of maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis.
Dimitrios Sideris, oboe  
Dimitrios Sideris was born in Athens and grown up in Corfu where he started from the young age his first musical steps with Thomas Gisdakis, Spyros Vorotsis and Maria Koyevina in piano. He holds the certificates of Classical Harmonisation, Contra Punctus, Fuga and Orchestration. On 2007 he is getting the Oboe's diplome from the class of Yannis Papayannis with excellent grade. He has attended seminars on the oboe instrument with Spyros Kontos, Yannis Papayannis, Paul Dombrect and also with Nora Cismondi in Paris. He has been a member of the National Opera's orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens, the Orchestra of the municipality of Kifisia, the Chalkida's Symphonic Orchestra and also he has been a member of  a variety chamber ensembles. He has cooperated with Planetarium, Maria Farantouri, Mario Fragoulis, Deborah Myers and Andrew Halliday. Finally now he is a member of the Philarmonic Orchestra of the municipality of Chalandri and he is also working as an orchestrator and Oboe teacher. 
YinJia Lin, piano
Chinese pianist YinJia Lin has drawn international attention since her concerto debut at the age of 15 with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, conducted by Wing-Sie Yip. Ms. Lin has performed solo recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts in New York City venues such as the Alice Tully Hall, WMP Concert Hall, Ana Tzarev Gallery, and the Frederick Loewe Theater at New York University, as well as performing at international venues including the Hong Kong City Hall and the Golden Horse Concert Hall in Canton, China. Ms. Lin has been awarded many scholarships, awards and prizes in both China and the U.S., including the Second Prize of the Buono & Bradshaw International Piano Competition in 2008, the First Prize of the New York University Piano Concerto Competition in 2005 and the First Prize of the Mozart International Piano/Violin Concerto Competition in Hong Kong in 1998. Ms. Lin performed numerous solo recitals with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  

Panagiotis Karousos, composer
Panagiotis Karousos is a renowned Greek-Canadian composer who brings to his music the philosophy and spiritualism of the Greek classics. He structures his works around Pythagorean mathematical forms and infuses them with modern styles such as those of Wagner, amongst others. The majestic sound of his work, Symphony No.1 “Liberty”, caused critics to acclaim it as a second national anthem of Greece. It was presented in Canada and New York with great success with the Astoria Symphony and maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff. Karousos presented his operas Prometheus, The Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, The Light of Christianity, the oratorio The Song of the Nations and the symphonic poems Eternal Parthenon, Time Melody, and Democracy in Canada, which garnered him rave reviews. He did many concerts in Canada presenting his Symphonies Liberty Symphony and Symphony No.2 “Olympic” with the FACE Symphony Orchestra, the OSJL-L Symphony Orchestra and the Monteregie Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestros Andre Gauthier, Theodora Stathopoulos and Luc Chaput. The Piano Concerto for Peace was presented with pianist Nathalie Joncas under UNESCO auspices. This piece was highlighted by the Montreal Popular Concerts series in Montreal’s Maurice Richard Arena to an audience of 5000 people. The Piano Concerto became the soundtrack to filmmaker Jenna Constantine's movie If Aphrodite Had Arms. The Suite Montrealaise was commended from the City of Montreal to mark the Millennium and was successfully presented in a celebration concert 1 October 2000.Panagiotis Karousos chamber music is different from the romanticism of his operas and symphonic works. The Piano Trios and the Violin and Cello Sonatas presented in Beverly Hills City Hall and around Montreal surprised the public with their melancholy nature and strong harmonic complexity. The Olympic Flame choir was presented with the Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Gunst wat'n Kunst at Hague, Holland, with maestro Rafael Pylarinos. P. Karousos Violin Concerto was presented in New York, under the direction of maestro Grant Gilman. The World Premiere of his grandiose opera Alexander the Great presented in Montreal sung in French, with big success at the Montreal Notre Dame Basilica and represented in Chicago Illinois in English by the American Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and soloists from the opera of Chicago conducted by David Stech. Alexander the Great represented in North Carolina Theatre with East Coast Philharmonic and soloists under the direction of Grant Gilman, and in Toronto at P.C. Ho Theater Cultural Center of Toronto with the Sneak Peak Symphony Orchestra of Toronto University and soloists under the direction of maestro Victor Cheng. The opera Prometheus in English represented in Los Angeles with soloists from the Los Angeles opera, in New York by the Astoria Symphony and soloists, and in Washington DC with The District of Columbia Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he did major presentations of Prometheus in Ancient Greek Theaters (Epidaurus, Messina, Ancient Agora), and the National Archeological Meseum of Greece. His Symphony No.4 “Earth” premiered in 2014 with City of Athens Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Eleftherios Kalkanis. P. Karousos is a recipient of honours from the Federal Canadian Government, the Quebec Provincial Government and the City of Montreal.

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