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Loukia Heva-Τroubi

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Athens. She studied at the Athens Conservatoire under Kimon Triantafyllou and Errietti Varatasi. She obtained a drama school diploma under Socrates Karantinos. She joined the newly formed Chorus of the Lyric Scene of the Greek National (then Royal) Theater since its opening season 1939/40, and from 1942 onwards she began to be given roles. She debuted at the GNO as Maddalena [Rigoletto] (1942). On a scholarship from the GNO, she continued her studies in Rome, at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. During the twenty-year period from 1940 to 1960, she appeared in some 60 productions and/or revivals. She sang starring and supporting mezzo-soprano roles in 18 operas, including: Amneris [Aida], Suzuki [Madama Butterfly], Ludmila [The Bartered Bride/Prodaná nevěsta], Maddalena [Rigoletto], Flora Bervoix [The Fallen Woman/La traviata], Lucia [Rustic Chivalry/Cavalleria rusticana], Minion [Mignon], Ulrica [A masked ball/Un ballo in maschera], Zita [Gianni Schicchi], Carmen and Mercédès [Carmen] , Jocasta [Oedipus Rex] (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1955 Athens Festival), Diana [Iphigenia in Tauris/Iphigenie en Tauride], etc. She participated in performances of the Greek works Shadowy waters [Ta xotika nera] ](Prologue), The masterbuilder [O protomastoras] (Mana) and King sunless [O vasilias aniliagos] (Fate). She also sang starring and supporting roles in five operettas: The land of smiles [Das Land des Lächelns], The gypsy baron [Der Zigeunerbaron], House of the three girls [Das Dreimädelhaus], The beggar student [Der Bettelstudent] and Countess Maritza [Gräfin Mariza]. Most of her appearances were in GNO premieres. She sang at the Italian state radio and in many Italian cities and later on in France and Germany. She retired from singing in 1961 and died in 2002.