Sotos Papoulkas

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Florina, Greece in 1943. He studied voice under Josef Metternich at the Musikhochschule Cologne and musicology at the University of Bonn. He appeared on the German radio and television, as well as on radio stations in Austria and Brazil. In 1967 he joined the German Opera on the Rhine. Between 1970 and 1972, he won prizes in international singing competitions in Vienna, 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) and Barcelona. Following his permanent collaboration with the Volksoper Wien and the Bavarian State Opera, he worked with major opera companies and orchestras in Europe, USA and Canada. In 1980 he was named Bayerischer Kammersänger (court singer of Bavaria), for his performances in at least 25 productions of the Bavarian State Opera (Munich). Since 1989, he is a professor with the Volkwang Hochschule Essen, and since 1999 with the University of Macedonia. He has also taught in seminars in Greece, Germany and Italy. During his collaboration with the GNO, he sang leading tenor roles in 16 operas and one operetta (1975-2000). He has participated in some 40 productions and/or revivals of operas, such as: The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], The Bat [Die Fledermaus], The Elixir of Love [L'elisir d'amore], The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte ] Falstaff, The Abduction from the Seraglio [Die Entführung aus dem Serail], Thus do they all [Così fan tutte], Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni, Clowns [Pagliacci], Salome (Herodeion, 1980), etc. He participated in GNO premiers of Cinderella [La cenerentola] (1976/77), The Italian Girl in Algiers [L 'Italiana in Algeri] (1977/78), Julius Caesar [Giulio Cesare] (1984/85), Albert Herring (1984/85) and The Clemency of Titus [La clemenza di Tito] (1985/86).