Totis (Theodoros) Stephanidis

Soloist, Baritone, Composer
He was born in Russia in 1908. He studied at the Athens National Conservatory. He appeared at the Third Greek Melodrama and excelled in the role of Mefistofele (Faust). He went to Italy on a Greek State scholarship to continue his studies, which however he interrupted in order to take part in the Greco-Italian war. He participated in concerts and stood out for his Russian music interpretations. He wrote lyrics and composed music for various songs, such as: Your eighteen years (Ta dekaochto sou chronia), Not Tonight (Apopse ochi) and Love (Agapi). He collaborated with GNO in the period 1941–1947, interpreting lead and supporting roles in seven works: Spinolas (Rhea), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zuniga (Carmen), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Schweinitz (Der Bettelstudent) and Crespel (Les contes d'Hoffmann). Several of his interpretations of excerpts from operettas (Blue-Blue, etc.) and light music songs (Na’ tan ta niata dyo fores, Paparouna, etc.) have been preserved on 78 rpm recordings, many which are available on the Internet. // Last update of the biography: November 2015.