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Rena Garyfalaki

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Heraklion, Crete, on 05/28/1928 (or 1920). She studied at the National Conservatory in the class of Marika Kalfopoulou graduating with a diploma in 1946. She also studied at the Athens Conservatory. She continued her studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome on a state scholarship, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her international career included appearances in major opera houses around the world. In Italy, she debuted in 1951 at the Rome Opera. In 1955, she won first prize in an international singing competition in Salzburg and appeared at La Scala Milan in the opera Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. In 1957, she went on a four-month tour of the USA, while in 1958 she toured for the first time in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, etc. Her recordings include works of Mozart (Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucio Silla), Vivaldi (La Fida Ninfa) and Rossini (L'Italiana in Algeri ). Audiovisual recordings include her performance in Le Nozze di Figaro and Carmen. She has also sung on radio stations abroad and on Italian television (TV movie Carmen, 1956). She retired in 1970. She worked with the GNO on the production of Il barbiere di Siviglia (as Rosina, 1948/49, 1951/52) and Rigoletto (as Gilda, 1948/49, 1951/52, 1952/53, 1957/58). On 12/05/1952, she participated in an event especially staged to help the GNO’s Mutual Benefit Staff Association.