Myrto Douli-Porfiri

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Athens. She studied singing at the Greek Conservatory under Nounouka Fragia-Spiliopoulou (1951), graduating with first prize and an award. She continued her studies at the State Academy of Music in Vienna under Elisabeth Radó (singing), Joseph Witt (opera), and Julius Patzak (lied-oratorio), graduating with honors. From 1961 onwards, she sang as soloist in concerts by the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). She sang in recitals across Greece as part of the Ekfrasi (Expression) events, organized under the auspices of the Cultural Centre and the Ministry of Culture. She made her GNO debut in 1961 as Cho-Cho-San [Madame Butterfly/Madama Butterfly]. Up until 1988 she participated in more than 65 productions and/or revivals, singing leading and supporting roles in 21 operas, three operettas and a musical, including: Clowns [Pagliacci], La Bohème, Carmen, Don Giovanni, The afternoon of love [To apogevma tis agapis] by Marios Varvoglis, The mother’s ring [To dachtilidi tis manas] by Manolis Kalomiris, Thus do they all [Così fan tutte], Signor Bruschino [Il signor Bruschino], The magic flute [Die Zauberflöte], House of the three girls [Das Dreimäderlhaus], Falstaff, Dido and Aeneas, The marriage of Figaro [Le nozze di Figaro], Show Boat, The tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d’Hoffmann], The Apaches of Athens [I Apachides ton Athinon], etc. She sang leading roles in the Greek premieres of The love for three oranges [L’amour des trois oranges] by Prokofiev, The wise girl [Die Kluge] by Orff, Susanna's secret [Il segreto di Susanna] by Wolf-Ferrari and Kostas Karyotakis (as Fedra) by Mikis Theodorakis. She has given concerts in Greece, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Tunisia and Cyprus. As an acclaimed singer of Greek repertory, she presented a cycle of 20 programs/recitals on the First Program of Greek State Radio (EIR, 1974). She represented Greece in concerts organized by the Ministry of Culture abroad. She has been a member of the board of the National Music Council of UNESCO. She taught monody at the Greek Conservatory (1994-2006). She died in 2015.