Zozo (Anna) Remoundou-Paschali

Soloist, Soprano
She was born on Andros island, Greece in 1917 or 1918. In the 1930s, she studied piano and singing at the National Conservatoire under Smaragda Gennadi. She continued her studies under Spanish soprano Elvira de Hidalgo. She was among Manolis Kalomiris’ close associates and was considered an ideal interpreter of his works. She debuted as a singer with the National Melodramatic Group on a tour in Egypt. She debuted at the GNO in 1940, singing the title role in Madama Butterfly. In the late 1940s, during Georgios Sklavos’ tenure as head of the GNO, she gave concerts together with Manolis Kalomiris in England and France, for the dissemination of Greek lyric music. In 1958 she went to Germany for further studies, and at the same time appeared in the operas Otello and Madama Butterfly. She was among the first staff members that joined the newly established GNO. During the period from 1940 to 1957, she appeared at the GNO in 44 productions and/or revivals, singing leading roles in 14 operas and two operettas, such as Leonora [The Power of Fate/ La forza del destino], Santuzza [Cavalleria rusticana], Maid [Elektra] (Herodeion, 1942), Floria Tosca [Tosca], Smaragda [The masterbuilder/O protomastoras] (Herodeion, 1944, 1951), Nedda [Pagliacci], Frasquita [Carmen], Amelia [A masked ball/Un ballo in maschera], Giulietta and Antonia [The tales of Hoffman/Les contes d'Hoffmann], Pepa and Marta [The Lowlands/Tiefland], Mother [The mother’s ring/Το Dakhtylidi tis Manas], Maro [East/Anatoli], Rhoe [Lestenitsa], etc. She also sang at two concerts: one the 30th anniversary of Ulysses Lappas’ artistic activity (1946) and another by Nikos Moschonas (Herodeion, 1949). She gave up her stage performances in 1962, due to an incurable disease, and was devoted to the teaching of singing. She died in Athens in November 1981.