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Fani Palamidi

Chorusmaster
She was born in Athens in 1937. She studied piano and advanced theory of music at the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts as well as abroad. She has participated in concerts in Greece and abroad. She served as director of the Hellenic Conservatory of Pyrgos (1956) and professor at the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts. In 1965 she was hired by the GNO as assistant conductor and worked as assistant to the chorus director Michalis Vourtsis since 1967. In 1979 she became the resident director of the GNO Chorus. For twenty years, she trained and conducted the Chorus of the Greek National Opera in approximately 70 operas and operettas; among these were the world premieres of Mikis Theodorakis’s opera Kostas Karyotakis (1986-87) and Giorgos Sisilianos’s opera The Fire [I fotia] (1988-89). Her last collaboration with the GNO was in the production of Turandot (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens Festival 1996). In addition to the opera repertoire, she has trained the GNO Chorus for performances of Verdi’s Requiem at the Olympia Theater under conductors Spiros Argiris (1982-83), Vyron Kolassis (1984-85) and Alkis Baltas (1991-92), as well as Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream [Ein Sommernachtstraum] and The First Walpurgis Night [Die erste Walpurgisnacht] under Vyron Fidetzis (Herodeion, Athens Festival 1987). She also collaborated regularly with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). She trained the ERT Choir to perform Konstantinos Kydoniatis’s Te Deum and Florent Schmitt’s Psalm XLVII, op. 38 (Herodeion, Athens Festival 1986) as well as Antonín Dvořák’s Requiem together with ERT’s Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Czech Vladimír Válek (Herodeion, Athens Festival 1987). In the 1988-89 season, she directed the Corfu Municipal Choir, while she has also collaborated with the Athens State Orchestra.