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Dimitri Kavrakos

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Trikala on 26/01/1946. He studied voice at the National Conservatory with Irma Trüninger-Iliadou and graduated with a cum laude Diploma in Solo Singing and a 1st prize. As a professional solo singer, he first appeared in Athens as Zaccaria in Nabucco. He collaborated with the GNO as a resident performer during the intervals 1969-1981 and 1997-2013, interpreting leading and supporting bass roles in 42 operas and one musical, in approximately 100 productions and/or revivals. Among the roles he interpreted are: Ramfis and King [Aida]; Sarastro [The Magic Flute/Die Zauberflöte]; Don Basilio [The Barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia]; Sparafucile [Rigoletto]; Don Alfonso [Thus Do They All/Così fan tutte]; Raimondo [Lucia di Lammermoor]; Alviso [La Gioconda]; Rocco [Fidelio]; Procida [The Sicilian Vespers/Il vespri siciliani]; Zaccaria [Nabucco]; Pimen [Boris Godunov]; and Oroveso [Norma]. He also sang several roles in the context of the Athens Festival, including Banco [Macbeth], Creon [Medée] and Brander [The Damnation of Faust/La damnation de Faust]. He performed in major European and American opera houses, including: the Royal Opera House in London, the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Rome Opera House, the Municipal Theater of Florence, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He also appeared in Bordeaux, Bologna, Marseille, Genoa, Cologne, etc. He interpreted leading roles in the festivals of Glyndebourne, Helsinki, Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg. He worked with prominent conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Helmuth Rilling, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Muti, et al. He first appeared in the USA (New York) in 1976 and in 1979 he first performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he went on to sing exclusively Verdian roles for several years. From 1980 onwards, he also collaborated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing a varied repertoire (Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Bellini, Wagner, Gounod). // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.