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Maria Papadopoulou

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Istanbul in 1918. She studied voice at the National Conservatory (class of Marika Kalfopoulou), from where she graduated in 1940. That same year she made her debut appearance as Adele in Johann Strauss II's operetta The Bat [Die Fledermaus] at the newly founded GNO's opening production. During the season 1943/44, she participated in the shows "Salt and Pepper" [Alati kai piperi] and "Metropol's Ghost" [Fantasma tou Metropol] staged at the Kotopouli Theater. She served as consultant to the of the Union of Opera and Operetta Actors. She collaborated with the GNO during the years 1940-1956, interpreting roles in five operas and eleven operettas, in approximately 40 productions and/or revivals. Among other roles she interpreted the following: Nuri [The Lowlands/Tiefland], Mi [The Land of Smiles/Das Land des Lächelns], Olympia [The Tales of Hoffmann/Les contes d'Hoffmann], Blonde [The Abduction from the Seraglio/Die Entführung aus dem Serail], Countess Olga Sukarev [Fedora], Marianna [Boccaccio], Arsena [The Gypsy Baron/Der Zigeunerbaron], Valencienne [The Merry Widow/Die Lustige Witwe], Bronislava [The Beggar Student/Der Bettelstudent], Countess Stasi [The Csárdás Princess/Die Csárdásfürstin], Giuditta Grisi [The House of the Three Girls/Das Dreimäderlhaus], Kiki Charmidou [The Godson/O vaftistikos], Baroness Elly [The Little Dutch Girl/Das Hollandweibchen], Lisa [Countess Maritza/Gräfin Mariza]. Nearly all her appearances were in first presentations of works by the GNO. She passed away in December 2011.