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Antigoni Sgourda

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Athens in 1937. She studied voice at the National Conservatory of Greece under Maggie Karatzas and at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Performing Arts (since 1998 the University of Music and Performing Arts / Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien) under Josef Witt. A dramatic soprano, with a youthful, eloquent coloratura, ideal for a broad range of works of mostly, but not exclusively, Italian repertory. She made her singing debut in Bonn (1960-1962) and Essen (1962-1966). Her first distinction was at the Glyndebourne Festival as Fiordiligi in Thus Do They All [Così fan tutte] (1962). At the opera houses of Zurich and Frankfurt she interpreted Puccini and Verdi, singing the title roles in the operas Medea, Rusalka, Káťa Kabanová, Manon, as well the roles of Margarita [Faust], Fiordiligi [Così fan tutte], Donna Anna [Don Giovanni] and Pamina [The Magic Flute / Die Zauberflöte] (1968-82). Performances followed at Düsseldorf-Duisburg and the German Opera on the Rhine (1974), Bern (1981-82), Hamburg, Munich, Venice and the Vienna State Opera. She was acclaimed at the international opera festivals of Edinburgh (1977), Schwetzingen (1964), Amsterdam (1972). She also interpreted leading roles in the operas The Tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d'Hoffmann], Rustic Chivalry [Cavalleria Rusticana], Eugene Onegin. She performed with the Greek National Opera in Orpheus and Eurydice [Orfeo ed Euridice] (Herodeion, Athens Festival, 1971). At the Olympia Theater, she sang in the operas Ariadne on Naxos, Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro [ Le nozze di Figaro] (1971-86). She collaborated with the Opera of Thessaloniki in Tosca (1980) and Fidelio (1978). After 1982 she taught voice at the Athenaeum Conservatory. She has been chairing juries of international song competitions and has recorded albums. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.