RETURNAntonios Delendas

Antonios Delendas

Soloist, Tenor, Conductor
He was born in Constantinople in 1906. He studied the violin at the Athens Conservatory and performed with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Athens Conservatory under conductor Mitropoulos (1925). He studied singing with Dionysios Lavrangas, Kostis Nikolaou, Nina Foka and Marina Kalfopoulou (1924-1928). In 1928 he joined the Elliniko Melodrama (the first opera company in Greece) and appeared in the role of Turiddu [Cavalleria rusticana]. In 1929 he sang at the premiere of the opera Black Butterfly [Mavri Petalouda] by Dionysios Lavrangas. During the years 1929-1932 he participated in the Elliniko Melodrama’s tours in Greece and Constantinople. In 1937 he sang in performances staged at the Pallas cinema and theater house and conducted by Totis Karalivanos. During 1937-1938 he sang in opera performances which were jointly conducted by Stefanos Valtetsiotis, Lysimachos Androutsopoulos and Totis Karalivanos. He also sang oratoria: Christ on the Mount of Olives [Christus am Ölberge] (1934) and St Matthew Passion [Matthäus-Passion] (1931). In 1938 he went to Germany where he performed at the Volksoper Berlin, in Kiel, Leipzig and Hamburg. He collaborated with the GNO during the years 1941-1957. He interpreted roles of a particularly broad repertory from 21 operas and operettas staged in 54 new productions and/or revivals of past productions. Many of those were first presented by the GNO: The Land of Smiles [Das Land des Lächelns], The Gypsy Baron [Der Zigeunerbaron], The Abduction from the Seraglio [Entführung aus dem Serail], Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana, Tosca, The Lowlands [Tiefland], Fidelio, Giuditta, The Master Builder [O protomastoras], The tales of Hoffman [Les contes d'Hoffmann], The House of Three Girls [Das Dreimäderlhaus], Rigoletto, The Sunless King [O Vassilias Aniliagos] (by Nezeritis), The Shadowy Waters [Ta xotika nera] (by Kalomiris), Samson and Delilah [Samson et Dalila], Dido (by Lavrangas), The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer], etc. He was singled out for his perfromance as Cavaradossi in Tosca and as Hoffman in The tales of Hoffman. Several of his recordings survive to this day.