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Vasilis Yannoulakos

Soloist, Βaritone
He was born in Athens in 1933. He studied vocal music at the Athens Conservatory under Kimon Triantafyllou and at the National Conservatory of Athens under Marika Kalfopoulou. He has also studied political science. His first appearance was in the opera Alceste (Priest of Apollo), a GNO performance (Herodeon, 1959). In 1961 he won the Vienna International Singing Competition of the label Decca and began an international career in opera houses within the German territory: Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Essen, Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Hannover, Nuremberg, Karlsruhe, Wuppertal, the German Opera of Berlin, the German Opera on the Rhine in Düsseldorf-Duisburg, the Hamburg State Opera. In the period from 1970 to 1980 he appeared in the Vienna State Opera as Amonasro (Aida), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Scarpia (Tosca), Count di Luna (The troubadour [Il trovatore]) and Tonio (Clowns [Pagliacci]). He also appeared in Zurich, Basel, Bern, Toulouse, San Francisco, Canada, the Spoleto Festival, Philadelphia and Catania. His repertoire is dominated by intense dramatic roles: Don Pizarro (Fidelio), the Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer]), Telramund (Lohengrin), Amfortas (Parsifal), all Verdian roles, Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Jochanaan (Salome), Escamillo (Carmen), et al. He collaborated with leading conductors and soloists of his era. He collaborated with GNO during the period from 1959 to 1975, when he appeared regularly in its productions. Ηe sang leading baritone roles in 25 basic repertoire operas, in 49 productions and/or production revivals, many of which were premieres of works by GNO: Kassiane [Kassiani] by George Sklavos, Faust, Boris Godunov, La Gioconda, Lohengrin, Falstaff (Ford), The Pearl Fishers [Les pêcheurs de perles] (Zurga), The Sicilian Vespers [I vespri siciliani] (Monforte). He participated nine times in GNO productions at the Herodeon, in the context of the Athens Festival. Recording artist.