RETURNMireille Flery-Vasilaki

Mireille Flery-Vasilaki

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Constantinople on 07/07/1907. She studied at the Greek Conservatory with Kimonas Triantafyllou and graduated in 1933 with honors and a first prize. She worked with the Elliniko Melodrama where she sang the roles of Mimi [La boheme] (1929), Cio-Cio San [Madama Butterfly] (1930), Margarita [Faust], Louise [Louise] directed by Dimitris Mitropoulos (1933), Nedda [Pagliacci] next to Odysseas Lappas and Yiannis Angelopoulos (1935). She co-starred at the first presentation of the opera of Lavrangas The Liberator [O Litrotis] (Corfu, 1934). On an Athens Municipality scholarship she continued her studies in Italy (1938-40). She participated in concerts and appeared at the Royal Opera of Rome [Teatro Reale dell'Opera], where she sang Louise, Boheme, and The Master-Singers of Nuremberg [Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg] next to the tenor Beniamino Gigli and at the Teatro Verdi in Padova next to Giovannis Malipiero. She returned to Greece because of the war. She worked with the GNO during 1942-1958 and had the leading part in ten operas and sixteen productions or revivals of productions: The Rustic Cavalry [Cavalleria Rusticana], Pagliacci, The Tales of Hoffman [Les contes d’Hoffmann], Tosca, Il trovatore. She sang at the GNO’s first-time presentation of: La Traviata, Rea (Samaras), The Sunless King (Nezeritis), La Boheme. At the same time she worked with the Athens Chorus and the Athens State Orchestra. During 1948-1954 she traveled again abroad and participated in symphonic concerts in which she sang mainly religious works conducted by major artists: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Serge Koussevitzky, Carl Schuricht, Hermann Scherchen, Josef Krips. From 1956 she taught at the Athens Conservatory younger generations of Greek solo singers. She was the wife of the conductor Lysimachos Androutsopoulos, the tenor Nikos Glinos and the baritone Evangelos (Lakis) Vassilakis.