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Louis Manikas

Soloist, Baritone
He originates from Laconia. He was a student of Miltos Vithinos at the National Conservatory of Athens, from which he graduated in 1961. Thereafter, having been awarded the “Maria Callas” scholarship (1966), he studied at the Music University of Vienna, graduating with a diploma. He studied the art of singing under the teachers Charalambos Papalambrou, Eugenie Ludwig, Mario Del Monaco, and Luigi Ricci. For twelve years, he studied and worked in opera productions, together with renowned baritone Tito Gobbi, performing roles such as Falstaff, Iago [Othello/Otello], Baron Scarpia [Tosca], etc. He participated in the “Musical Evenings” of Apostolos Kostios. He collaborated with famous conductors and sang mostly German (Wagner, Richard Strauss) and Italian repertoire (Verdi, Puccini). He appeared in the most important music centers of Europe and America: Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Palermo, Bologna, Genoa, New York, etc. He has also sung at international festivals such as the Festival of the Two Worlds (Spoleto), Puccini Festival (Torre del Lago), Athens Festival, Spring Festival (Sofia), Korea. He teaches song technique and interpretation in seminars at academies, conservatories and universities around the world (Germany, Japan, Greece, Ukraine, USA, Finland, etc.). During the period 1962-2014 he has interpreted in the GNO leading and principal baritone roles in 14 operas: Il Commendatore [Don Giovanni], the King's Herald [Lohengrin], Peter [Tsar and Carpenter/Zar und Zimmermann], Germont [The Fallen Woman/La traviata], Baron Scarpia [Tosca], Onegin [Eugene Onegin], Count di Luna [The Troubadour/Il trovatore], Escamillo [Carmen], Iago [Othello/Otello], Sir John Falstaff [Falstaff], Nabucco [Nabucco], Michele [The Cloak/Il tabarro], Alfio [Rustic Chivalry/Cavalleria Rusticana], Tonio [Clowns/Pagliacci], Rashid [Halima]. In 1980 it was scheduled that he would sing the role of Jochanaan [Salome] at the Herodeon as part of the Athens Festival, but the show was canceled due to a strike. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.