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Chrysanthos Alissaphis

Pianist, Conductor
He was born in Athens in 1963. He obtained a diploma in piano from the Greek National Conservatory (in the class of Jenny Protopapas). He studied orchestral conducting at the Berlin University of Fine Arts, under the teachers Rabenstain and Vallizer. He has conducted the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the saxophone ensembles Attacca and Apollon in Berlin, the Athens State Orchestra, the Orchestra Enarmonia, as well as the Symphony Orchestras of Blagoevgrad and Sliven in Bulgaria. As part of the Athens Festival he conducted both concerts of Jean Michel Jarre at the Herodeon (2001). He collaborates with the GNO since 1984, as a pianist during the musical preparing of the soloists for each project presented and as a conductor of opera and ballet productions. He has conducted the operas Anna Bolena, Nabucco, La Traviata [The Fallen Woman], Macbeth, The Troubadour [Il trovatore], The Elixir of Love [L’elisir d’amore], The Abduction from the Seraglio [Die Entführung aus dem Serail], The Merry Widow [Die lustige Witwe], The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], The Pretend Garden-Girl [La finta giardiniera]. He regularly conducted operetta productions staged by the GNO at the Acropol Theater: The Godson [O Vaftistikos], The Apaches of Athens [I Apachides ton Athinon], The Flower of the Levant [To fioro tou Levante], The Love Virus [To mikrovio tou erota], The girl of the Neighborhood [To koritsi tis geitonias], et al. In 1999 he directed the National Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with music by Dimitris Papadimitriou. In 2008 he became an ordained priest. In parallel he studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the School of Theology, and he is a PhD candidate at the University of Athens in the Department of Musicology under the professor Lambros Liavas. He teaches at the Conservatory A. Corelli and orchestra conducting at the Athens Conservatory.