Vassilis Nikolaidis

He was born in Athens. He studied archeology at the University of Athens and theatrology in Paris, with a specialization in opera. Starting in 1985, mostly with musical works, he has directed so far more than 70 productions. He has been collaborating with the Greek National Opera since 1991, with the Athens Concert Hall since 1992 and with the National Theatre since 2000. In addition, he has worked with other Greek theatres (Porta, Art Theatre, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Amore, Thessalian Theatre, etc.), the Athens Festival and the Municipal Regional Theatres of various cities around Greece. He is the author of the book "Maria Callas: The Transformations of an Art" [Maria Kallas, Oi metamorphoseis mias technis] (1983). He has worked as producer of radio shows on the Third Channel of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (since 1984) and as a radio director (since 1988). He has edited the programs of the Orchestra of Colors as well as the texts on several music albums and has wrote articles in art and culture magazines (Tetarto, Difono, etc.). He has taught acting to young singers at the Athenaeum conservatory and the Filippos Nakas Conservatory. He has served as artistic director of the Municipal Regional Theatre of Agrinio. He was honored with the award of the Association of Greek Theatre and Music Critics (1998) and the Directing Award "Karolos Koun" (2000). He served on the Board of Directors of the GNO (1994), for which he also directed 19 productions and/or revivals of eleven operas and operettas during the years 1991-2012, including: Un ballo in maschera, Adriana Lecouvreur, The Godson [O vaftistikos], Les contes d'Hoffmann, Anna Bolena, Il trovatore, Carmen, Nabucco (Herodeion, 2010-11). In addition, he directed the first GNO presentations of John Gay's The beggar's opera (1996-97) and Argyris Kounadis's The Return [O gyrismos] (1990-91). He passed away on 2 February 2021. // Last update of the biography: February 2021 - The list of productions below is continually updated.