RETURN

Nicola Zaccaria

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Piraeus on 9/3/1923. He studied voice at Manolis Kalomiris’ National Conservatory, graduating in 1951. Initially, he sung for the choir of the Holy Trinity of Piraeus and the Piraeus Choir. In 1943, he was hired by the GNO’s choir and since 1950 he performed as a soloist, starting with the role of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. For three years, he sung in operas and operettas: Rigoletto, The Beggar student [Der Bettelstudent], The Godson [O Vaftistikos], Fedora, The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer], The Shadowy waters [Ta xhotika nera] etc. In 1953, he continued his studies at the School of La Scala di Milano, where the then theatre manager immediately hired him as a soloist. He started by interpreting the role of Sparafucile [Rigoletto] and soon became a leading bass. During his successful 20 year tenure at the Scala, he interpreted a wide repertoire, while participating in first performances of new works. During his brilliant international career he sung in Vienna, Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow, Brussels, North and South America, South Africa, Aystralia, as well as at the international festivals of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Athens, et.al. He has worked with numerous leading conductors, directors and soloists. He worked with Callas in important productions in La Scala and elsewhere: Lucia di Lamermoor, Medea, Norma, The Trobadour [Il trovatore], Un ballo in maschera. He worked with the Greek National Opera again during 1970-1975 in the operas La sonnambula, La Forza del destino, Boris Godunov, Aida, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo. He interpreted Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Herbert von Karajan at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (1965). He has received numerous honors and awards and has made many audio and video recordings.