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Marita Paparizou

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Volos and studied at the Orfeio Athens Conservatory. She won the Alexandra Triantis scholarship (1998), on which she studied in Milan under Roberto Koviello. She also studied French opera in Paris under Janine Rice. She made her debut in Genoa as Onaro in the first modern revival of Nicolo Porpora's opera Ariadne on Naxos [Arianna in Nasso] (1999). She sang roles in opera houses in Greece, Italy, Monte Carlo, Great Britain and France. She collaborated with the orchestras Oxford Philomusica, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London and La Scala Chamber Orchestra. Sha has sung the roles: Dido [Dido and Aeneas], Orlando [The Frenzy of Orlando/Orlando furioso], Circe [Telemachus/Telemaco], Isabella [The Italian in Algiers/L 'Italiana in Algeri], Arsace [Semiramide], Tauride [Ariadne in Crete/Arianna in Creta], etc. She also sings in works of religious music, including Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart's Great Mass in C minor [Messe in c-moll], Bruckner’s Te Deum, Rossini and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Masses, etc. She recorded the work The Bewitched Love [El amor brujo] (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation [ERT]) and the opera Ariadne in Crete, conducted by George Petrou (MDG, won the CHOC award). She also recorded the solo album “Vivaldi ma non solo”. She has been collaborating with the GNO since 2001, singing mezzo-soprano roles, such as Amestris [Xerxes/Serse], Rosina [The Barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia], Prince Orlofsky [The Bat/Die Fledermaus], Third Lady [The Magic Flute/Die Zauberflöte], Fenena [Nabucco] and Carmen [Carmen]. She participated in the GNO premiers of Orlando Furioso as Orlando (2002/03); Rusalka as Ježibaba and Foreign princess (2008/09); and, Le comte Ory as Isolier (2007/08).