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Yiannis Roussis

GNO Chorus Member, Tenor
He was born in Piraeus, Greece and got a degree in engineering. He studied voice at the National Conservatory of Piraeus under Urania Economidou, and completed his studies at the Ydravlos Conservatory. Between 1956 and 1960, he sang at state radio stations in Athens (Athens Radio, YENED). He worked with the GNO during the period from 1963 to 1987, first as a chorister and later as a soloist. He participated in all of the GNO tours outside of Athens. He sang a few starring and mainly minor roles in 16 operas, five operettas and a musical in 46 productions and/or revivals. The roles he has sang include: Rodolfo [La bohème], Hoffman and Spalanzani [The tales of Hoffman/Les contes d'Hoffmann], Gastone [La traviata], Pinkerton [Madama Butterfly], Florville [Il signor Bruschino], Dr Falke [The Bat/Die Fledermaus], Ravenal, a professional gambler [Show boat], Arturo [Lucia di Lammermoor], Beppe [Pagliacci], Kostas [The apaches of Athens/Oi apahides ton Athinon] (1984/85, premiered at the GNO), Malcolm [Macbeth] (Herodeion, 1969), Ruiz [The troubadour/Il trovatore] (Herodeion, 1982).