RETURNPetros Epitropakis

Petros Epitropakis

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Athens on 22/12/1894. He took his first classes with N. Kokkinos and Tim Xathnopoulos. In 1918 he continued his studies in voice training with Nina Foka at the Athens Conservatory (1918-1920). Upon his graduation he made his debut at the opera of Kalomiris The Mother’s Ring [To Dahtilidi tis Manas] (in the role of Giannakis). He continued his studies in Milan under Giuseppe Borghi (1920-1924) and on a scholarship by Emmanouil Benakis. In Italy he sang in the operas Il barbiere di Siviglia, Faust, Rigoletto, La traviata/The Fallen Woman, Lucia di Lammermoor etc. Back in Greece in 1924, he repeatedly sang in Rigoletto (Duke of Mandova) next to Yiannis Angelopoulos. In the interwar period he participated in performances of the Elliniko Melodrama (Greek Melodrama): The Mother’s Ring (1928,1931), O protomastoras (1930), Il barbiere di Siviglia (1930 next to Elvira de Hidalgo), Don Pasquale (1931) etc. He was a chief member of the Greek National Opera from 1941 to 1959 when he retired having sang the role of Count Danile [Die lustige Witwe]. He sang leading and secondary tenor roles in around 15 operas and operettas, many of which were debut performances: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Comte Almaviva), The Merry Widow [ Die lustige Witwe], A Night in Venice [Eine Nacht in Venedig], The Gipsy Princess [Die Csárdásfürstin], The Beggar Student [Der Bettelstudent], The Godson [O Vaftistikos] (in the role of Charmidis), Mignon, House of the Three Girls-Blossom Time and Lilac Time, [Das Dreimäderlhaus], La Traviata (Alfredo) etc. His repertory includes the role of Rodolfo La Bohème and of Engardo from Lucia di Lammermoor. Outside Greece he appeared in France, Switzerland and Austria. Surviving are many of his recordings of opera excerpts and popular songs.