RETURNElli Nikolaidi

Elli Nikolaidi

Chorusmaster
She was born in Feodosia, Crimea in1914. She studied music at the National Conservatory under George Xanthopoulidis and Manolis Kalomiris. She received her diploma in 1934. For thirty years she collaborated closely with Kalomiris and was distinguished as a vocal coach / vocal music accompanist as well as choral director. Kalomoiris included her in the founding group of the Greek National Opera as the choral director of the newly established institution (1940-1946). During the period 1948-1952 she was exiled for her political beliefs to Chios, Trikeri and Makronissos, where she created multimember women’s choirs made up of political prisoners. After the Greek Civil War, she faced difficulties in her search for employment as she had refused to sign a “statement of repentance.” She taught at the National Conservatory (1952) and the Athens Conservatory (1958-1967). She also collaborated with the Athens Festival as choral director, covertly at first but then officially, in operas and other works: The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte] (Vienna State Opera, 1957), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Bamberger Symphoniker, Keilberth, 1964), Kalomiris’s Symphony No. 1 - The Symphony of Manliness [I Symfonia tis Leventias] (Oslo Philharmonic, 1965), The Coronation of Poppea [L'incoronazione di Poppea] (1961), Carmina Burana (Philharmonia Hungarica, Karydis, 1966). She collaborated with the Greek National Theater as a music coach for chorus preparation in ancient Greek dramas (1959, 1960-1967, 1974-1983). At the onset of the Dictatorship, she went to Munich where, on the recommendation of Carl Orff, she worked for the German Radio (1967-1968). She worked as choral director in the celebrated production of La Traviata directed by Maurice Béjart and conducted by Manos Hadjidakis (La Monnaie, Brussels, 1973). She was married to musicologist and member of the GNO artistic committee Fivos Anoyanakis. She cooperated regularly with the Greek National Opera from 1940 to 1946, coaching the chorus for approximately 20 productions of operas and operettas, as well as intermittently during the period 1974-1986.