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Frangiscos Voutsinos

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Athens in 1936. He studied mathematics at the University of Athens and music with Lula Kalogera-Mafta and Marika Kalfopoulou at the Athens Conservatory. In 1960 he continued his studies in Vienna with Elizabeth Radó (singing) and Erik Werba (piano). He started his professional career at the Volksoper Vienna (1961-1963). He was immediately singled out for his rich voice, musicality and acting skills and was awarded in Vienna and Belgium. He performed as the leading bass singer at the German operas of Wuppertal (until1965), Düsseldorf (1967-1974), where he interpreted 44 roles, and Kassel (until 1976). Thereafter he appeared in numerous operas around the world: Rome, Paris, Florence, Zurich, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, Brussels etc. He worked with world famous conductors (Oliviero de Fabritiis, Seiji Ozawa, et al.) and numerous distinguished opera directors (Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Harry Kupfer, et al.). His repertoire includes more than 65 opera roles as well as 25 oratorios and symphonic works. He repeatedly collaborated with the Athens State Orchestra, made recordings and acted in film (Orfeo, Claude Goretta, 1985). He collaborated with the Greek National Opera for twenty years (1975-1995) during which he performed 25 roles in 43 productions and revivals at the Olympia and Herodeion theaters. Several of these works were staged for the first time: The Damnation of Faust [La damnation de Faust], Anna Bolena, The Sicilian Vespers [I vespri siciliani], Betrothal in a Monastery (Les Fiancailles au couvent), Flora mirabilis by Spyros Samaras, Kostas Karyotakis by Theodorakis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Koukos, The Coronation of Poppea [L’ incoronazione di Poppea]. He was acclaimed for his performances in the roles of Sarastro [The Magic Flute / Die Zauberflöte], Boris Godunov, Mephistopheles [Faust], Phillip II [Don Carlo], Don Pasquale, Daland [The Flying Dutchman / Der fliegende Holländer].