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Sonia Theodoridou

On 10/8 a special recital on Megaro Gyzi stage, the unique concert «Arie Amorose», an anthology of the era of the European Renaissance in which the world-renowned soprano Sonia Theodoridou sings arias of love from the renaissance and the baroque, accompanied by Markos Kotsias on the piano. From Italy and Vivaldi, from England and Purcell to Germany and Handel, the common factor of this musical anthology is love and the sweet pain it causes.
The internationally famous lyric singer Sonia Theodoridou, who lives permanently in Berlin but visits frequently Greece, has appeared in the most important opera houses of Europe, while her repertoire includes the most significant leading roles in opera. The most famous critics in the world have written for her that "her voice sounds like an angel", while the biggest stars of the classical music world have bowed in front of her talent.
Sonia Theodoridou, soprano
Markos Kotsias, piano
Last minute change: Mrs Sonia Theodoridou was accompanied by Markos Kotsias on the piano.
Photos from the recital΄s evening (10/8/2014)
HD videos from the recital's evening (10/8/2014)    

 Sonia Theodoridou, soprano

The soprano Sonia Theodoridou was born in Veria, Greece. She has studied at the Greek National Conservatory “Manolis Kalomiris” in Mrs. Papalexopoulou class, where she was graduated with distinction as well as an “Excellent and Distinguished Performance” award. She was awarded the “Maria Callas” scholarship which enabled her to study at the Cologne Musical Academy and later on in London with Vera Rosza. She also specialised in the German lieder repertoire with Elisabeth Scharwarzkopf.
Sonia Theodoridou has appeared in the most important lyric theatres of Europe including Frankfurt Oper, Berlin Staatsoper unten den Linden, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Münich National Theatre, National Theatre Stuttgart, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie - Bruxelles, Théâtre Chatelet de Paris, Teatro Communale di Firenze, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Theatre Basel, Opera de Lyon, Opera de Montpellier, Festspiele Schwetzingen, Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, New York, Salt Lake City, Salzburg, Opera House Budapest, Vienna, Athens Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Herodus Atticus Theatre, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Ancient Theatre of Delphi, etc.
As a soloist she has performed numerous concerts and song recitals in Cologne (Kölner Philharmonie), Budapest (Franz Liszt Academy), Italy (Reggio Emilia), Israel (Tel Aviv Philharmonie), Lisbon (Colosseum), Tokyo, Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Munich (Gasteig) and has collaborated with famous conductors like: Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Mariner, Antonio Pappano, Rene Jacobs, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gerd Albrecht, Garry Bertini, Ivan Fischer, Marcello Viotti, Helmut Rilling, Andras Schiff, Frans Bruggen with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, Vienna Philharmonie  and others.
Her classical repertoire includes some of the most important opera roles as: Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Zauberfloete), Alcina (Alcina), Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Il Rigoletto), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Mimi (La Boheme), Euridice (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), Salud (La vida breve), Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), Maria Stuarda (Maria Stuarda), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Jenny (Mahagonny), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) etc.
She has released two opera CDs, the Cavalli’s “La Calisto” (Harmonia Mundi) and Pericles Koukos “Conrois and his copies”.  Also the CDs “Sonia Theodoridou encounters Manos Hadjidakis” (Seirios , “Recital” (Seirios), Yannis Markopoulos “Renaissance”  (Kinesis), Thanos Mikroutsikos “Warna”  (Arcardia), Charis Persides “Storiae d’ Amor” (Eros), "Arie Antiche" (Legend Classics), Sonia Theodoridou sings Jaques Brel (Etcetera), Yannis Constantinidis ''30 Songs'' (The Human Voice), "Songs from the Big Screen" (The Human Voice), "Cavafy I – Shades of love" (The Human Voice), "Mimis Plessas – Anthology" (The Human Voice), "Cavafy II – Return" (The Human Voice).


The European Festivals Association (EFA) has been uniting distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond for more than 60 years.Thanks to EFA’s history and the continuous support of its members, EFA was chosen to implement the pilot project EFFE by the European Commission.

                The first of EFFE’s initiatives is a quality label. This label is given to festivals with an artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook.

                Gyzi Megaron Festival has been selected to receive the EFFE Label 2015-2016. It is now part of the EFFE Platform, initiated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level. The Label recipients represent 31 European countries and offer a wide range of genres and activities to their audiences.

2016 has been defined as Greece’s Year in Russia and Russia’s Year in Greece, by an agreement formed as a joint statement, signed by the two countries in October 2013.

                This year aims to build useful partnerships of mutual benefit with substantial development in both countries’ cultural, scientific, business and social relations, expanding Greek accessibility in Russian society, especially the province, opening up new areas of cultural, scientific, academic and business cooperation, and seeking new markets for tourism, Greek products and Greek innovative productivity.




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