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Maria Thoma

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Florina in 1968. She studied at the National Conservatory of Greece (class of Kaiti Papalexopoulou) and was awarded her Diploma in Solo Singing with the highest grade, along with a 1st Prize and a Distinction for Academic Excellence. She continued her studies at the Detmold Academy of Music with Helmut Kretschmar. She holds a degree from the School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 1997, she studied voice at the Academy of Cologne with Dorothea Wirtz and sang in Goran Bregović's "Silence of the Balkans," a work commissioned by the "Thessaloniki, European Capital of Culture" organization for the closing ceremony of the institution's term. In 1998 she participated in productions of the Opera of Aachen. He collaborated with the Thessaloniki Opera workshop in performances of The Medium and The Night Bell (Il Campanello) under conductor Dimitris Agrafiotis. She participated in concerts in Greece and abroad, both as a soloist and as a member of a chamber music ensemble. She has worked with guitarists Thymios Atzakas and Katerina Vougiouka in contemporary music transcription interpretations, as well as with composer P. Theodorou in original works for trios. She recorded the albums The Silk of Love [Tis agapis to metaxi] (1995), The Woman and the Apple [I gynaika kai to milo] (1997) and The Girls' Attic [To doma ton koritsion] (1996). She worked with the GNO during the years 1985-98, interpreting leading and supporting roles in the works: Albert Herring, Boris Godunov, Don Quixote, Hänsel und Gretel, The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte], Conroy and His Copies [O Konroua kai oi kopies tou], The Wise Woman [Die Kluge], The House of Three Girls [Das Dreimädelhaus], The Bat [Die Fledermaus], and The Elixir of Love [L’elisir d’amore].