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Spyros Kalogeras

Soloist, Baritone
He was born in Piraeus in 1904. He studied voice at the Conservatory of Piraeus and the National Conservatory of Paris (French National Conservatory of Music ???). In 1936 he won the Hector Berlioz prize and in the same year debuted at the Opéra de Lyon, singing the role of Hérode in Massenet's opera Hérodiade. During the period from 1936 to 1939 he appeared regularly in various cities of France. In 1939 he returned to Athens and began permanent cooperation with the newly established Greek National Opera. During the period from 1939 to 1965 he appeared in about 110 productions and/or revivals, most of which were premières. He sang starring and minor roles in 24 operas, including: Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana, The Marriage of Figaro [Le nozze di Figaro], La Traviata, the Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Queen of spades, Manon, King Sunless, La bohème, Don Pasquale, The Power of Fate [La forza del destino], The medium, Thus Do They All [Così fan tutte], Elektra, Fedora, The elixir of Love [L'elisir d'amore], Alceste, Kassiani, Don Giovanni, The Bartered Bride [Prodaná nevěsta], The Marksman / The Freeshooter [Der Freischütz], etc. He also sang in 15 operettas, including The Bat [Die Fledermaus], The Gypsy Baron [Der Zigeunerbaron], The Csárdás Princess (or The Riviera Girl or The Gipsy Princess) [Die Csárdásfürstin], The Godson [O vaftistikos], Paganini, In the Barracks [Sta Parapigmata], Frederica, Christina, The Land of Smiles [Das Land des Lächelns], Boccacio, etc. He served as Stage Manager with the GNO and also directed various performances. He taught voice and was artistic director with the Piraeus Society Conservatory and the Conservatory of Hellinikon. He was artistic contributor with the newspaper Imera (Day). He died in Athens in 1972.