Spyros Sakkas

Soloist, Baritone, Composer
He was born in Athens in 1937. He studied at the Athens Conservatoire under Kimon Triantafyllou and Marika Kalfopoulou, graduating with First Prize (1955-1964). At the same time, he took music theory and piano lessons. He continued studying voice at the Mozarteum Salzburg (1963-1967). He featured in more than 500 contemporary musical and stage works, with 200 of them being world premieres. Several works were composed especially for him by renowned composers, such as Iannis Xenakis (Polytope, Aïs, etc.), John Cage, Giorgos Apergis, Jani Christou, Wolfgang Rihm, Theodore Antoniou, Michael Adamis, George Crumb, etc. He sang in many theaters in Europe and collaborated with renowned European orchestras and conductors. As a close associate of composer Manos Hadjidakis since 1961, he performed and recorded several of his songs. He also appeared in film and television and has recorded songs by Thanos Mikroutsikos. Between 1973 and 1975, he taught singing at the Catholic University of America in Washington and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, California (PCPA). He directed similar workshops in university colleges in the USA. In 1985 he founded the Workshop of Vocal Art, Athens. He was head of the Municipal Conservatory of Piraeus. A large number of his recordings are available on record. He has staged a number of music theater performances at Delphi (1996, 1997), Volos (1996) and Thessaloniki (1997). He directed the GNO premieres of Mauricio Kagel’s Oral betrayal [La Trahison orale] (1994/95) and Dimitris Maragopoulos’ The Mask of Red [I maska tou kokkinou] (1998/99). During the period from 1976 to 1990, he sang at the GNO the following roles: Conroy [Conroy and his copies/O Konroua kai oi kopies tou, by Periklis Koukos], A man [Fire/I fotia, by Yorgos Sicilianos], Papageno [The magic Flute/Die Zauberflöte], the title role in Luigi Dallapiccola’s The Prisoner [Il prigioniero], Luigia's mother [Conventions and Inconveniences of the Stage/Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali], Peter [Hansel and Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel] and Ottone [The Coronation of Poppaea/La incoronazione di Poppea].