Lela Skordouli-Kassi

Soloist, Soprano, Actress
She was born in Athens in 1916. She attended the School of the Royal Theatre and the Athens Conservatory, studying in the class of soprano Elvira de Hidalgo. She continued her music studies in Italy with Tito Schipa and Angelo Ferrari. While still a student, she began performing minor parts with the National Theatre. In 1936, she joined the Union of Greek Actors. She first appeared in light musical theatre performances, playing in musical comedies at the Kotopouli/Rex Theater and at the Pantheon. Since then, she collaborated in operetta and musical shows with prominent leading actors. In 1946, she took part in the revue "Yippee-yippee" staged at the Samartzi Theater. Then, she formed a theatrical company together with Iro Handa and Koulis Stoligas and presented the following operettas at the Apollo Theater: The Dance of Luck [O choros tis tychis], I Want To See Him [Thelo na ton do], Girls' Mistakes [Sfalmata koritsion]. After the war, she and Takis Karsis, a tenor who was to later become her husband, formed an operetta company, performing in several cities around Greece and Cyprus, but also in Istanbul, in Egypt and in tour around Africa. In 1953, they relocated to Johannesburg, taking over the theatre performances of the Greek community there. Upon their return to Thessaloniki, they founded an operetta company (1963/64), the Municipal Theater in the Garden [Dimotiko Theatro Kipou] and Avlaia Theatre. In 1939, she sang the role of Ines in the opera The Favorite [La Favorita]. She collaborated with the newly established GNO during its second artistic season (1940/41), interpreting supporting roles in three operettas: The Land of Smiles [Das land des lächelns], Boccacio and The Gypsy Baron [Der Zigeunerbaron].