RETURNFani Aidali-Sapountzi

Fani Aidali-Sapountzi

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Thessaloniki in 1912. She studied piano at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and then at the National Conservatory of Athens from where she graduated with a degree in harmony (1933) and a diploma in monody (1934). She debuted in Thessaloniki, with the National Melodrama Group as Aida, under Manolis Kalomiris (1934). During the winter of 1934 to 1935 she participated in the National Melodrama Group’s tour in cities of Egypt. She performed in Aida and The Mother’s Ring (To dachtilidi tis manas) in Alexandria and Cairo, and participated in performances in Ismailia, Suez and Port Said. In 1937, after a competition, she joined the People’s Opera in Berlin (Volksoper Berlin) where she appeared in the works La bohème, Mignon, Luisa Miller, The Knight of the Rose (Der Rosenkavalier), Faust, The Mother’s Ring by Kalomiris, et al. In parallel, she appeared at the opera houses of Kiel, Frankfurt (Oper Frankfurt) and Hamburg. In 1940 she sang in the opera La bohème, which was staged at the initiative of Ulysses Lappas at the Athens Pallas Cinema and Theater Hall, and in the oratorio The Creation (Die Schöpfung), which was presented at the Herodeon by Philoctetes Economides. In 1941 she joined the GNO, but resigned and retired to the countryside. She returned to Athens in 1945 and in 1946 she was rehired. Between 1941 and 1959 she sang leading roles in 10 operas, 23 productions and/or production revivals: Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Il trovatore, Tosca, Le nozze di figaro. She participated in the first GNO presentations of the works: Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana, The King Sunless (O vasilias aniliagos), Un ballo in maschera, The Shadowy Waters / Ta ksotika nera, La forza del destino, Aida. In 1960 she was recruited as a professor of monody at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She died in 2004 in Thessaloniki. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.