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Nikos Papachristos

Soloist, Bass, Actor
He was born in Volos, Greece in 1919. In his youth, he moved to Thessaloniki, where he studied voice at the Macedonian Conservatory under Maria Makri. He continued his studies in Athens at the National Conservatoire under Smaragda Genadi and Marika Kalfopoulou, graduating in 1949. He participated regularly in concerts and amateur performances In Thessaloniki. As an actor, he has played in theater, film productions and television series (Unknown war, Jugerman, Pantheoi, etc.). His contribution to the theater earned him the medal of Knight of Jerusalemites. He began working with the National Opera in 1941. For half a century, until 1990, he appeared in 43 operas, 14 operettas and a musical, in as many as 170 productions and/or revivals. He sang starring and secondary bass roles, such as: Sparafucile [Rigoletto], Mephistopheles [Faust], Peter Schlémil [The Tales of Hoffman/Les contes d'Hoffmann], Dulkamara [The Elixir of Love/L'elisir d'amore ], Don Alfonso [Thus Do They All/Così fan tutte], Prince Gremin [Eugene Onegin], Apollo [Alceste] (Herodeion, 1959), Bogdanovitch [The Merry Widow/Die lustige Witwe], Tschang [The Land of Smiles/Das Land des Lächelns], Le Comte des Grieux [Manon], [The Csárdás Princess/Die Csárdásfürstin], and Old Man [The masterbuilder/O protomastoras]. He participated in many GNO premières, such as The Abduction from the Seraglio [Die Entführung aus dem Serail] as Osmin, Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni and Boris Godunov in the in the title roles, Bluebeard's Castle [A kékszakállú herceg vára] as Bluebeard, The marriage of Figaro [Le nozze di Figaro] as Count Almaviva, The Martyrs [Les Martyrs] as Christian. He sang at celebration events of Greece’s National Day of October 28 (1946, 1952) and at the 30th anniversary of tenor Ulysses Lappas’ artistic activity (1946). He died in 2005.