Lambros Mavrakis

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Pireaus in 1909 and passed away in 1980. He studied voice at the Greek National Conservatory under Argiro Gini, graduating in 1933. While still a student, he debuted at the Central Theater (Theatro Kentrikon, Athens), in Theophrastus Sakellaridis’ opera The haunted bridge [To stichiomeno gefyri], alongside Eleni Nikolaidi and Nikos Moschonas. He was later hired by Manolis Kalomiris’ Elefthero Greek Melodrama Society and appeared as Duke of Mantua [Rigoletto] (Thessaloniki International Fair, 1933). By 1937 he had sung the roles: Giannakis [The mother’s ring/Το dakhtylidi tis manas], Rodolfo [La bohème], Count Almaviva [The barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia], as well as in the operas La Martire [I martys] by Spyro Samaras, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, The fallen woman [La traviata], Faust, Tosca, The favourite [La favorite] and Pagliacci. In the 1934/35 season he sang in Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt. In 1939 he took further studies in Milan on a City of Athens scholarship. There, he appeared in song concerts and sang in Italian radio productions and was chosen by composer Giuseppe Pietri to sing in the opera The song of St. John [La canzone di San Giovanni], (Arezzo, 1940). He returned to Greece because of the war (WWII) and in the period 1943-1959 he he sang in 34 GNO productions and/or revivals. He sang leading tenor roles in a number of productions, including: The barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], The Lowlands, Mignon, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Don Pasquale, The fallen woman [La traviata], Fakanapas, Fedora, Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly. He participated in many premieres of the then newly established GNO. He also worked with the Greek State Radio.