Panagiotis Karavousanos

Soloist, Bass
He was born in 1908 and graduated from the National Theater of Greece Drama School. At the beginning of his career, he appeared in prose works, working with theater companies such as the National Theater and Marika Kotopouli’s. He was drafted and fought in the Greek-Italian war, while during Greece’s German occupation he joined the resistance (National Liberation Front, EAM). He was a member of the Association of Greek Actors since 1936. He played minor roles in cinema. He was married to actress Paraskevi (Vivi) Karavousianou. He was among the founding members of choristers of the newly established GNO. During the period from 1940 to 1961, he sang secondary and supporting roles in more than 12 operas and eight operettas in 45 productions and/or revivals, most of which were GNO premieres. His opera appearances included: The Bat [Die Fledermaus] (GNO inaugural production), Madama Butterfly, The Abduction from the Seraglio [Die Entführung aus dem Serail], The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Gianni Schicchi, Nabucco, Manon, La bohème, Nabucco, King sunless [O vasilias aniliayos], The Bartered Bride [Prodaná nevěsta], Boris Godunov, Tosca, The Khovansky Affair [Khovanshchina]. He also appeared in the operettas: In the barracks [Sta parapigmata], The little Dutch maid [Das Hollandweibchen], Paganini, The princess of Sasson [I prigipisa tis Sassonos], The Gypsy Baron [Der Zigeunerbaron], The Bird Seller [Der Vogelhändler], House of the Three Girls [Das Dreimädelhaus].