Pavlos Raptis

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Trilofo, Kastoria on 29 February 1936. During the Greek civil war he was expatriated to Albania (1947) and Romania, eventually ending up in Poland (1950). Upon his graduation from a Music High School in Poland, he studied voice in the Academy of Music in Poznań under Michal Prawdzic-Laymana and Kazimierz Czarnecki, graduating with honors (1957-61). He won several awards in music competitions: Katowice (1960), Pan-polish Competition in Krakow (1962), Budapest (1965), Paris (Grand Prix, 1972). He made his debut in The Pearl Fishers [Les pecheurs de perles] at the Wroclaw Opera (1961). He interpreted leading roles in The Grand Theater in Lodz [Teatr Wielki w Lodz] (1962-88) and the Grand Theatre in Warsaw [Teatr Wielki w Warszawie] (1974-88). He has recorded extensively for numerous Polish labels (1975-80) and since 1979 he worked with opera houses in former Yugoslavia. He has appeared in international music hubs including: New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, etc. (1979-80). He participated in the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Te Deum in Assisi (1980). He retained a permanent collaboration with the GNO since 1988. He collaborated with the GNO throughout the years 1973-1998, during which he sand in 16 operas and operettas, in 31 new productions and/or revivals: The Pearl Fishers [Les pecheurs de perles], La Traviata, The Tales of Hoffmann [Les Contes d’Hoffmann], Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, etc. He participated in the GNO premieres of the works: The Siege of Corinth [L’ assedio di Corinto], Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Tsar’s Bride. Since 1989 he taught soloists at the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts. In 2008 he was honored by the people of Poland at an event celebrating the 60-year presence of Greek immigrants in Szczecin. He passed away on 21 November 2021. A significant number of his recordings can be found on the web.// Last update of the biography: November 2021 - The list of productions below is continually updated.