Nausika Voutira-Galanou-Kyriakopoulou

She was born in Athens in 1908. She studied at the National Conservatory under Nina Foka (diploma in 1930). She debuted as a soloist in the opera The Master Builder [O Protomastoras] (Olympia Theater, 1930). At the beginning of her career, she has interpreted, apart from works of the international repertoire, roles in operas by Manolis Kalomiris (The Mother’s Ring/To dachtilidi tis manas – 1928, 1931), etc. Under the Kasimatis Scholarship, she studied in Paris and Vienna, where she had met Walter Pfeffer. In the 1930s she sang in the Vienna and Prague Radio Stations (1935) and appeared at a concert with the Philharmonic of Bucharest (1938). She excelled especially in German repertory and operettas. She was a member of the GNO since its establishment, starring in the opening production of The Bat [Die Fledermaus]. During 1940-1957 she sang in seven operas and six operettas, and in a total of 40 productions and/or revivals. She appeared in the works Madame Butterfly/Madama Butterfly, Boccaccio, The Land of Smiles/Das Land des Lächelns, Gianni Schicchi, The Merry Widow/Die lustige Witwe, A Night in Venice/Eine Nacht in Venedig, Countess Maritsa/Gräfin Mariza, Tosca, The Cretan Girl [I kritikopoula] by Spiro Samara, The Tales of Hoffmann/Les contes d’Hoffmann, The Bird Seller/Der Vogelhändler, Fedora, The Flying Dutchman/Der fliegende Holländer, The Marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro. She sang in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in the productions of Elektra (1942), The Master Builder (1943/44, 1950/51) and Iphigenia in Tauris/Iphigénie en Tauride (1945/56, 1950/51). She has given recitals in Paris (1947-1958) and sang in America (Iphigenia in Tauris, etc.). Since 1962 she became a professor of singing at the National Conservatory. She died in Athens in 1982. The Greek Cultural Office has released a record with her selected recordings, while a complete presentation of her recorded repertoire was released in twelve audio cassettes.