Vassilis Fakitsas

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Athens in 1940. In his young age, he studied byzantine music and sang as a soloist in the choir of Antonios Belousis at the holy temple of St. Panteleimonas. He studied at the National Conservatory with Marika Politou and received a diploma in solo singing in 1962, with honors and a cash prize. In 1960, he was recruited as a soloist at the GNO, to make his first appearance as Zaccaria [Nabucco] a couple of years later (Herodeion, 1962). From then on, up until 1995, he served as principal interpreter at the GNO, performing leading and principal bass roles in approximately 130 productions and/or revivals of 37 works, including: Simon Boccanegra, Aida, Boris Godunov, La bohème], Manon Lescaut, Tosca, The Fallen Woman [La traviata], Andrea Chénier, Macbeth, The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Norma, etc. He also appeared in performances staged at the Herodeion in the context of the Athens Festival: Tourandot (1969), Aida (1972, 1991), The Sicilian Vespers [I vespri siciliani] (1978), The Τroubadour [Il trovatore] (1982). He participated in the first presentations by the GNO of the following works: The Queen of Spades [Pikovaya dama] (1962-63), Ernani (1963-64), The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte] (1968-69), The Love for Three Oranges (1966-67), Lily on the Seashore [Krino st' akrogiali] , Hero and Leander [Iro kai Leandros] (1970-71), The Freeshooter [Der Freischütz], Eugene Onegin (1965-66), The consul (1975-76), Show boat (1973-74). He sang in recitals and symphony concerts in Athens, Thessaloniki and elsewhere. For several years, starting in 1979, he served as President the GNO Union of Soloists, while during 1982-1983 he served as member of the GNO Board of Directors.