RETURNTotis (Panagiotis) Karalivanos

Totis (Panagiotis) Karalivanos

He was born in Athens in 1901. He studied music theory at the Athens Conservatory under Armand Marsick and Ivan Boutnikoff and at the Hellenic Conservatory under Kalomiris and Ostierenko. In 1920 he became a member of the Athens Symphonic Orchestra. His professional career started when he conducted the opera Rigoletto at Dionysios Lavrangas’s opera company Elliniko Melodrama (1926). During the period 1926-1943, he participated in the company’s tours to Romania, Istanbul and Egypt, conducting 25 operas and about 50 operettas in collaboration with operetta companies (Papaioannou, Oikonomou, Makedou, Stylianopoulou, etc.). In 1936 he succeeded Lavrankas in the head of Elliniko Melodrama. He collaborated with the Greek National Opera during the years 1943-1970, conducting 28 operas and operettas, many of which performed for the first time by the GNO: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fedora, Il trovatore, Nabucco, La Favorite, Dialogues des carmelites, Il matrimonio segreto, Werther, Simon Boccanegra, Ernani, The Godson (Ο Vaftistikos), Perouzé, In the Barracks (Sta Parapigmata), The Princess of Sasson (I pringipissa tis Sassonos), Christina, The Martyr (I martys), Markos Botsaris (excerpts). He worked as sound editor and conductor at the Hellenic Radio (1937-1964), as conductor of the Athens Symphonic Orchestra (1937-1974) and the Light Music Orchestra (1937-1976), as well as professor at the Athens Conservatory (1937-1940). He was honored with the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s Saint Paul's Cross of the Second Order and the Gold Cross of the Order of George I. He served as honorary member of the Panhellenic Musicians' Union. He is the author of an unpublished text containing illuminating information on the Greek National Opera and the Elliniko Melodrama. Recorded Greek operettas conducted by him are kept in the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation's (ERT) audiovisual archive (The Godson, The Daughter of the Storm (I kori tis kataigidos), Rozita, The Devil Child (To Diavolopedo), etc.) // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.