Michalis Kazantzis

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Athens on 14/04/1912. He took painting lessons from an early age under Vassos Germenis, while he also studied voice under Artemis Kyparissi at the Greek National Conservatoire, as well as under Elvira de Hidalgo. In 1942 he obtained a monody diploma from the Greek National Conservatoire with distinction, and was hired immediately by the newly established GNO. From 1942 to 1974 he appeared in 13 operas, 20 operettas and two musicals, in some 130 productions and/or revivals. He sang starring and secondary tenor roles in the operas: Rigoletto, The fallen woman [La Traviata], Mignon, Don Pasquale, The barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Thus do they all [Così fan tutte], The bartered bride [Prodaná nevěsta], Turandot and The afternoon of Love [To apogema tis agapis]. Having attended acting classes at the Greek Royal Theater, as well as dance lessons under GNO’s choreographer Angelos Grimanis, he excelled in a number of roles in operettas, including: The merry widow [Die lustige Witwe], The land of smiles [Das Land des Lächelns], The bat [Die Fledermaus], Paganini, The beggar student [Der Bettelstudent], Victoria and her Hussar [Viktoria und ihr Husar], House of the three girls [Das Dreimädelhaus], Der Orlow, The Riviera girl (or, The gipsy princess) [Die Csárdásfürstin], Countess Maritza [Gräfin Mariza], A night in Venice [Eine Nacht in Venedig], The gypsy baron [Der Zigeunerbaron], A waltz dream [Ein Walzertraum], Samaras’ The princess of Sasson [I pringipisaa tis Sassonos], Hatziapostolou’s The street woman [I gynaika tou dromou], Sakellaridis’ The godson [O vaftistikos], Christina and In the barracks [Sta parapigmata]. He also sang in the musicals: Kiss me Kate and Show boat. He participated in many GNO premieres. He died in Athens in 2000.