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Spyros Argyris

Conductor
Born in Athens on 24/08/1948. He studied music taking a diploma in counterpoint and fugue under G. A. Papaioannou (1967). He continued studying piano, choral and orchestral conducting at the Higher School of Music Cologne. From 1972, he studied, in parallel , orchestral conducting under Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and alongside Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He began his international career as conductor in the operas of Aachen and Gelsenkirchen. He conducted opera performances in European opera houses such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Cologne Opera, Theatre Verdi Trieste, Catania Teatro Bellini in Cantania, Theatre Carlo Felice in Genoa, Opera Bastille, Opera Nice, Frankfurt Opera. His repertoire included works by Richard Strauss, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Janacek, Britten, Stravinsky, Menotti etc . Additionally, from 1975, he conducted symphonic concerts in European countries, at festivals and on national radio stations focusing on the works of Mahler, Beethoven, Bruckner, Snitke, Henze, Korngold. From 1980, he made appearances at major opera houses in Italy and Italian TV, as well as worked with noted directors (Ruth Berghaus, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Werner Herzog, Pierre Audi etc.) and leading opera singers (Placido Domingo, Grace Bumbry, Catia Ritsiarelli etc.). He worked closely with the composer Gian Carlo Menotti, undertaking the direction of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, USA (1987-1992). He was director of the Teatro Bellini in Catania. He conducted the first performances of contemporary works. He died in France in 1996. During the period 1977 - 1984 he directed the Greek National Opera performances of the operas Cosi fan tutte, Madame Butterfly[Madama Butterfly], Queen of Spades,Maria Golovin and Requiem (Verdi).