RETURNZoe Vlachopoulos

Zoe Vlachopoulos

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Athens in 1914. She studied piano at the National Conservatory and received her diploma in 1933. She studied singing with Elvira de Hidalgo at the Athens Conservatory from which she graduated in 1939 (diploma with honours and a gold medal of Andreas and Iphigenia Syngrou). She accepted a position as a solo singer at the then newly founded Opera of the National/Royal Theatre. She participated in the institution’s inaugural performance in the role of Adele in The Bat [Die Fledermaus] (5/3/1940) and in the following artistic season’s premiere in the leading role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Thessaloniki 4/9/1940, Athens 25/10/1940). She was a permanent soloist of the Greek National Opera for 27 years. Up to 1967 she sang key roles in 32 operas and operettas at approximately one hundred stagings and revivals. During the Occupation she interpreted many operetta roles and participated in performances at the Herodeion. She sang in the first presentations of important works staged by the GNO, such as: Madama Butterfly (1940), The Abduction from the Seraglio [Die Entführung aus dem Serail] (1941), The Tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d'Hoffmann] (1945-46), La bohème (1947-48), Don Pasquale (1949-50), The Marriage of Figaro [Le nozze di Figaro] (1952-53), Così fan tutte (1958-59), Faust and A Masked Ball [Un ballo in maschera] (1959-60), The Elixir of Love [L’ elisir d’ amore] (1962). She was most specially singled out in the roles of Madama Butterfly and Manon. She also appeared in operas abroad: Ankara (1946), Istanbul (1950), Zagreb (1956), Belgrade and Moscow (1956). She took part in the London International Opera Festival (1947) and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, where she interpreted Eros in the opera Orpheus and Eurydice alongside Kathleen Ferrier (1950). Among her many recordings that survive to this day are: Orpheus and Eurydice (Glyndebourne Festival, 1950), Fidelio (Athens Festival, 1957), etc.