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Giannis Karydis

Set designer, Painter
He was born in Athens in 1931. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1951-1953) with painter Yiannis Moralis and printmaking with printmaker Yiannis Kefallinos. He went on to study set and costume design at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts [Akademie der Bildenden Künste München] under Helmut Jürgens (1957-1960). He collaborated with the theater company Little Comedy [Kleine Komödie] and other Munich theaters. He designed sets for plays, musicals, ballets and operas for the Bavarian television (1955-1960). In 1961 he returned to Greece, having accepted a collaboration proposal by the Greek National Opera. He collaborated with a number of theater companies (Mousouri, Horn, Alexandraki, Myrat, Karezi and others), with the National Theatre of Greece, the National Theatre of Northern Greece and the Hellenic Broadcasting Coporation (ERT). At the same time he was practicing both painting and printmaking. His works were presented in solo and collective exhibitions in Greece and abroad: Munich, Paris, Venice. He was a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. He was one of GNO’s principal set and costume designers for 35 cosecutive artistic seasons (1961-62 to 1995-96). He designed sets and costumes for 32 operas, operettas and ballets, staged in 134 new productions and/or revivals. Many of them were present by the GNO for the first time: Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser, The Bluebeard's Castle [A kékszakállú herceg vára], Victoria and her Hussar [Viktoria und ihr Husar], Αrabeau by Stephanos Vassiliadis, The Wise Girl [Die Kluge], The Spanish Hour [L' heure espagnole], the musical Show Boat, the ballets Coppélia and La Vie Parisienne. He also designed sets and costumes for GNO productions at the Herodeion, in the context of the Athens Festival: Aida (1972, 1991, 1993) and The Troubadour [Il trovatore] (1982). At the GNO, he also served as technical department director. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.