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Spyros Evangelatos

Director
He was born in Athens in 1940. He was the son of composer Antiochos Evangelatos. He holds a degree and a PhD from the University of Athens School of Philosophy. He studied at the Drama School of the National Theater of Greece. He then took up theatre studies at the University of Vienna and attended theatre in Germany, Austria, England, France and Italy (1966-1970). He started working as a director in 1961. Since then, he has directed more than 220 works for Greek state theaters, private theatre companies in Athens as well as foreign theaters. In 1962 he established a theatre company known as the Modern Greek Stage [Neoelliniki Skini] and in 1975 a theatre company called Amphi-theater [Amphi-theatro]. He wrote many scientific studies, mainly on topics related to the Cretan theater and the theatrical tradition of the Ionian Islands. He translated numerous theatrical works of Greek and foreign writers. He has held the positions of Director General at the National Theater of Northern Greece (1977-1980), President of the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute [ITI] (1992-1996) and Chair of the Faculty of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens School of Philosophy. In 1989 he became Professor at the University of Athens School of Philosophy and in 1991 at the Faculty of Theater Studies. He has received many important awards in Greece and abroad for his momentous long-standing contribution to theatre. In 2005 he was proclaimed a member of the Academy of Athens, in 2012 he became its Vice-President and in 2013 President of the Academy of Athens. He has held the positions of Director General (1984-1987) and President of the GNO (1999-2006). As a director, he worked with the GNO for 44 years (1970-2014) and directed approximately 30 operas of a broad repertoire: Tosca, Rigoletto, The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer], Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Macbeth, La Clemenza di Tito, Boris Godunov, Norma, The Bat [Die Fledermaus], Don Giovanni, The Tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d’ Hoffmann], Falstaff, etc. He passed away on 24/1/2017. Last update: 8/2/2017.