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Themis Sermier

Soloist, Baritone, Comic, Bass
He was born in Athens on 10/10/1944. He studied voice at the Hellenic Conservatory under Nounouka Spiliopoulou-Fragia, graduating with a diploma in 1966. He studied acting at the Academy of Theater in Rome and attended stage direction seminars. He also studied at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome obtaining a diploma in higher music theory. He appeared in operas in Mediterranean cities, such as Marseille, Monaco, Genoa, Bari and Toulon. During the 1990s, he taught at the C. Theodosiades Athens Drama School, and founded, organized and conducted church music choirs. He staged opera performances in cities around Greece and participated in the establishment and organization of the GNO’s second stage at the Acropol Theater. He was president of the Association of GNO Soloists and a member of Unesco’s Greek Section. He played in films and television. During the period 1971-1999 he worked with the GNO, performing co-starring and minor roles in 40 operas, four operettas and a musical in about 120 productions and/or revivals, many of which were GNO premieres. He has sang, inter allia, in the following operas: The barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Macbeth, Eugene Onegin, Werther, Cavalleria rusticana, La bohème, Rigoletto, The Queen of Spades [Pique Dame], Tosca, The prisoner [Il prigioniero], Anna Bolena, The Italian girl in Algiers [L 'Italiana in Algeri], The troubadour [Il trovatore] (Herodeion, 1982), Otello, Madama Butterfly, Thus do they all [Così fan tutte], Manon Lescaut, The Bat [Die Fledermaus], Apaches of Athens [Oi apahides ton Athinon], etc. He also directed about ten GNO productions (1993-1998). As a director he collaborated also with Dinos Giannopoulos, Michael Cacoyannis, Mladen Sabljić, Mario Corradi and Patricia Panton.