Despoina Skarlatou-Paraskevopoulou

Soloist, Soprano
She did postgraduate studies in Genoa and at the Accademia Spazio Musica (Orvieto, Italy). She attended seminars in Greece and abroad by Italian soprano Gabriella Ravazzi, Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu, German Ulrich Rademacher, Greek conductor Alkis Baltas and Italians Teodor Rovetta and G. Pisani. She debuted in a leading role in 1996 as Serpina [The Servant Turned Mistress/La serva padrona]. Since then she has appeared in cities in Greece and Italy in the operas La Traviata, Carmen, The medium (Chamber Opera of Thessaloniki), The marriage of Figaro [Le nozze di Figaro], Macbeth Remix, Gianni Schicchi, First the music and then the words [Prima la musica poi le parole], The elixir of Love [L'elisir d'amore], Rigoletto, La bohème, etc. She has sung in operas, operettas and Neapolitan song (canzone napoletana) in Greece and abroad and has participated in concerts and shows broadcast on Greek television. She collaborated with Greek and foreign conductors. In 2000 she was honored with awards in the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico “Ismaele Voltolini” (Mantua) and the Concorso Internazionale “Spazio Musica” (Orvieto); in 2001 she won the contest Primo Palcoscenico (Cesena). She collaborates with the GNO since 2006, having to date sung the roles: Adele [The Bat/Die Fledermaus] (2006/07), Giannetta [The elixir of love/L'elisir d'amore] (2011/12), Amina [Halima] (2012/13).