Soula Glantzi

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Lavrio, Greece. She took classical singing lessons under Maggie Karatza at the Greek National Conservatoire (1950). She initially sang as a mezzo-soprano, hence she sang the roles of Carmen [Carmen] and Charlotte [Werther]. Later on, she studied under Charalambos Papalambrou at the Hellenic Conservatory and under conductor Dimitris Michailidis, who both turned her to the dramatic soprano repertoire. She debuted at the GNO as Leonora [The Power of Fate/La forza del destino] under the baton of Leonidas Zoras (1957, Piraeus Municipal Theatre), as well as in Aida and Turandot under Andreas Paridis at the new Olympia Theater (1958/59), which had just been inaugurated. She was hired immediately by GNO’s head Kostis Bastias, and in the period 1958-1974 she sang 21 leading roles in more than 50 productions and/or revivals, such as Maria Boccanegra [Simon Boccanegra], Donna Elvira [Don Giovanni], Leonora [The troubadour/Il trovatore], Elvira [Ernani], Fedora [Fedora], Elena [Mefistofele], Adriana Lecouvreur [Adriana Lecouvreur], Amelia [A masked ball/Un ballo in maschera], Anna [Constantine Palaiologos], Elisetta [The secret marriage/Il matrimonio segreto], Venus [Tannhäuser], Elsa [Lohengrin], Glafki [Medea] (Epidaurus Ancient Theater, 1960/61, opposite Maria Callas), Senta [The flying Dutchman/Der fliegende Hollander], Alceste [Alceste] (Herodeion), Maddalena [Andrea Chénier], Santuzza [Cavalleria rusticana], Lady Macbeth [Macbeth], Giorgetta [The cloak/Il tabarro], Kassiani [Kassiani] and Krinió in Gorge Sklavos’ Lily on seashore [Krino sto akroyiali]. She has recorded with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Orchestra under Totis Karalivanos. She also sang with the Israel National Opera in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. She died in Athens in 1988.