Litsa Liotsi-Roka

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Florina in 1931. She studied at the Athens National Conservatory and continued at the Musik Akademie Wien. She performed for two seasons at the Graz Opera and the Klagenfurt Opera (1952-1954). She then moved to Germany where, until 1959, she performed in Nuremberg, Hannover, Keiserslautern (1954-1956) and Lübeck (1957-1959). In 1964 she collaborated with the Athens State Orchestra and the Athens Choir in Bach’s Johannes Passion, under Menelaos Pallantios. In 1968 she sang in collaboration with the Athens State Orchestra and Andreas Paridis in the premiere of Alekos Lainas’s work Nuclear Test [Pyriniki dokimasia]. She has performed in recitals and concerts in Athens, Volos, Belgrade, Skopje, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, etc. In 1955, along with soprano Zoi Vlahopoulou and pianist Elli Nikolaidou, she recorded folklore and folklore-like songs in transcriptions by Greek composers (Manolis Kalomiris, Theodoros Spathis, Emilios Riadis, Nikolaos Lavdas, etc.). During the period 1959-1967 she sang in GNO productions as Carmen, Ulrica [A masked ball/Un ballo in maschera] and Leonora di Gusmann [The favorite/La favorita].