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Athanasios Generalis

Soloist, Bass, Actor
He was born in Athens in 1910. He studied at the Athens Conservatoire and made his professional debut in The bat [Die fledermaus] at the opening production of the National Theater of Greece Opera. He was later hired as soloist by the GNO, where in 1940-1952 participated in 57 productions and/or revivals of 25 works including: Madama Butterfly, Tosca, The land of smiles [Das Land des Lächelns], The merry widow [Die lustige Witwe], The Csárdás Princess (or, The Riviera Girl) [Die Csárdásfürstin], The barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], The Godson [O Vaftistikos}, Mignon, La Traviata, Fidelio (Herodeion 1944), Martha, The house of the three girls [Das DREIMÄDERLHAUS], Manon, East (also Orient) by Manolis Kalomiris, The abduction from the Seraglio [Die ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL] etc. All productions were premieres of the newly-established GNO. After GNO he cooperated with the Kalouta/Krevata/Rena Dor company, and later he got involved in prose Theater and films. He appeared in production of the National Theater. Very significant was his multiannual cooperation with the State Theater of Northern Greece where, in the period 1961-1981, he performed roles in 60 plays of the classical and modern Greek and foreign repertoire. From 1949 until 1961 he participated in 31 Greek drama and/or comedy films, often appearing as a successful comic duo with Vassilis Logothetidis. Some of these movies are very popular: The phony pound [I kalpiki lira], 39-old maiden [Despinis eton 39], Madalena, We only live once [Mia zoi tin ehoume], Elias of the 16th [O Ilias tou 16ou], The drunk [O methystakas], The curmudgeon [To stravoxylo] etc. He died in Athens on 05/03/1988.