Vaso (Vasiliki) Papantoniou

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Nikaia, Piraeus in 1939 and is married to author Vassilis Vassilikos. She studied voice with Irma Tryningen-Iliadou and piano at the Greek National Conservatoire, graduating in 1964. She continued her studies at the Milan Conservatory. In the 1970s she collaborated with the Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, starring in the opera Anna Bolena (1971), as well as with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She appeared at the theater La Monnai, Brussels as Violetta in La Traviata, directed by Maurice Béjart and under Manos Hadjidakis’ music direction (1973), and as Margaret (Faust) (1976). She also sang Amina (La sonnambula) in Paris (1974). She appeared at the Athens Concert Hall, starring in concert performances of Lucrezia Borgia (1993/94), Norma (1995/96) and Anna Bolena (1997/98). Anna Bolena had earlier been staged in Bucharest, Sofia and Cyprus, with the ensembles of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). A number of her performances are available on record, mainly from live recordings, such as La traviata, conducted by Manos Hadjidakis (La Monnai, Brussels, 27/02/1973), etc. She worked in the GNO permanent staff as a soloist between 1966 and 1978, and has sung mainly starring roles in seven operas in ten productions and/or revivals. She has sung the following roles: Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Fenena (Nabucco), Sophie (Werther), Amina (La sonnambula), Jenny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Anna Bolena (Anna Bolena), Violetta Valéry (La traviata). She participated in the GNO premiers of La sonnambula (1969/70), Anna Bolena (1975/76) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1977/78). // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.