RETURNKostas Paskalis

Kostas Paskalis

Soloist, Baritone
He was born in Livadia on 1/9/1929. He studied piano at the Athens Conservatory and later voice. In 1947 he joined the chorus of the Greek National Opera. In 1951, he interpreted the leading role in the opera Rigoletto, replacing an ailing Evangelos Magliveras. He proceeded to sing leading lyric baritone roles in many operas each artistic season during the years 1951-1958: Rigoletto, A Masked Ball [Un ballo in maschera], The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Lucia di Lamermoor, The Power of Fate [La forza del destino], Ernani, Rustic Chivalry [Cavalleria Rusticana],The Troubadour [Il trovatore], etc. In 1958, he began his international career at the Vienna State Opera, where he continued to perform regularly for 25 years, singing mostly Italian repertoire. He interpreted the leading role in Macbeth at the Glyndebourne Festival (1964) and at the Royal Opera House in London (1969). He performed in the world premiere of Henze’s opera The Bassarids [Die Bassariden] at the Salzburg Festival (1966) and its subsequent staging at La Scala in Milan (1967). He performed in almost all major European opera houses. During the years 1965-1967, he appeared repeatedly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and also sang in the operas of San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, etc. He was admired for his dark, masculine voice, his compelling rendering of the song and his lively stage presence. He collaborated regularly with the Greek National Opera, interpreting leading roles in major productions at the Olympia Theatre and the Herodeion (1959-1995). At the GNO he also directed Don Giovanni, Cavalleria Rusticana and Simon Boccanegra. When he retired from the stage, he taught singing and participated in panels of judges at competitions. During the 1988-89 season, he served as Director General of the GNO. His last stage appearance at the GNO was in 1995 interpreting the title role in the opera Simon Boccanegra.