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Popi (Kalliopi) Javara-Tsirigoti

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Pyrgos, Ilia and died in Athens in 1998. She studied at the Athens Conservatoire and the National Conservatoire of Greece under Elvira de Hidalgo and Er. Varatasi, graduating with honors in 1949. In 1948 she appeared at Perouze Theater as a replacement for K. Dimasioti. In 1952 she gave a radio concert for the Thessaloniki Radio Station. In 1939 she was hired as a chorister at the Opera of the National Theater of Greece, subsequently renamed to Greek National Opera (GNO) and she later became a soloist. During the period 1942-1960 she worked with the GNO as soloist in about 40 productions and/or revivals. She interpreted main and leading contralto roles in 18 operas such as: Ulrica [A masked ball/Un ballo in maschera], Azucena [The troubadour/Il trovatore], Madame Flora [The medium], Amneris [Aida], Curra [The power of fate/La forza del destino], Mama Lucia [Rustic chivalry/Cavalleria rusticana], Ortrud [Lohengrin], Laura [La Gioconda], Shepherd Boy [Tosca], Marcellina [The marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro], Dido [Dido by Lavragas], Cloclo and Sylvia [The merry widow/Die lustige Witwe], Mary [The flying Dutchman/Der fliegende Holländer], Hata [The bartered bride/Prodaná nevěsta], Maria Cel [House of the three girls/Das dreimädelhaus] and Empress Euphrosyne [Kassiani by Sklavos], Madalena [Rigoletto] etc. Outside of Greece she interpreted Amneris and Azucena. She recorded many works by Greek composers, mainly for the Greek State Radio (EIR).