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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, La traviata, Mignon, Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia, 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: Die lustige Witwe, Das Land des Lächelns, Die Fledermaus, Paganini, Der Bettelstudent, Viktoria und ihr Husar, Das Dreimädelhaus, Der Orlow, The Riviera girl (or, The gipsy princess) [Die Csárdásfürstin], Gräfin Mariza, Eine Nacht in Venedig, Der Zigeunerbaron, Ein Walzertraum, Samaras’ The princess of Sasson [I pringipissa tis Sassonos], Hadjiapostolou’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. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.