Maria Kerestetzi-Vlastaraki

Soloist, soprano
She was born in Athens in 1925. She studied at the National Conservatory of Athens under Smaragda Gennadis and graduated in 1952 with a diploma in classical singing, the highest award for excellence and outstanding performance. In 1949, before completing her studies, she joined the Greek National Opera as a member of the chorus. She was a dramatic soprano. She made her debut at the Greek National Opera in 1952, as Santuzza, in the leading role of the opera Cavalleria rusticana. In 1953, after participating in an international, young singers competition at La Scala Milan, she joined the opera house for five years. Continuing her studies, she finished at The Academy-La Scala (1953-1955) and in 1955, participated as soloist in productions of the opera house. She sang in the opera Die Zauberflöte and appeared on the staircase of theatres in Bologna, Cagliari, London (1957) and Hamburg (1956). In 1955 she participated in the first Athens Festival as Electra in the opera Idomeneo, Re di Creta. In 1958 she returned to Greece. From that time onwards, she worked regularly with the Greek National Opera. From 1952-1971 she sang the leading roles in 17 operas, 38 productions and / or revivals: Cavalleria rusticana, Il travatore, Un ballo in maschera, Aida, La Gioconda, Queen of Spades, Prince Igor, Tosca, Otello. She sang in the Greek National Opera premiere perforances: Idomeneo, Re di Creta (Odeon of Herodes Atticus,1955), Nabucco (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1959), Boris Godunov and Mosè in Egitto (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1960), Don Giovanni (1961-62), Queen of Spades and Simon Boccanegra (1962-63), Lohengrin and Andrea Chénier (1964-65), The Love For Three Oranges (1966 -67). She also appeared in Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sarajevo) and Skopje. // Last update of the biography: January 2017 - The list of the productions below is complete.