Lyssandros Ioannidis

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Athens in 1900. He studied at the Athens Conservatoire and in Berlin. He debuted in the opera Martha with the Opernhaus Düsseldorf in 1931 and then with Opernhaus Zürich (1932/33). He subsequently sang in many theaters in Germany, including the operas of Hamburg (1934-1937), Osnabrück (1937-1939) and Dortmund (1939-1949). In 1949 he returned to Athens and joined the Greek National Opera (GNO). From 1949 to 1966 he appeared as soloist in ten operas and one operetta, in a total of 19 productions and/or revivals. He sang the leading tenor roles: Ernesto [Don Pasquale], Alfredo Germont [The fallen woman/La traviata], Rodolfo [La bohème], Mario Cavaradossi [Tosca], Don José [Carmen], Riccardo [A masked ball/Un ballo in maschera], Pinkerton [Madama Butterfly], Jeník [The bartered bride/Prodaná nevěsta], Niccolo Paganini [Paganini], Altoum [Turandot] and Nereo [Mefistofele]. Some of his interwar recordings have been saved to posterity, including some later recording of his performances in operetta excerpts and songs (Odeon, Lyra, etc.).