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(Hadjioannou) Markella Hadjiano

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Athens. She studied singing at the Greek National Conservatoire under Gogo Georgilopoulou, graduating in 1977. She took part in the Maria Callas Competition at the Athenaeum Conservatory, winning a scholarship to study in Florence (1981). At the same time she attended Tito Gobbi’s masterclasses in Rome and London (1981-984). In 1985 she excelled in the Cardiff international song contest, as well as in the international contest of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Opera in New York. In 1987 she won international acclaim for her appearance at the Boston Opera as Suzuki [Madama Butterfly] (1987, 1990), as well as Néris [Medée] (1988) and Amneris [Aida] (1989). She then appeared in Turin (1993); London as Dido [The Trojans/Les Troyens] (1994), as Judith [Bluebeard's Castle/A kékszakállú herceg vára], Delilah [Samson and Delilah/Samson et Dalila] (1995) and Amneris (1996); and, at La Scala Milan as Dido (1996). Since then she worked with symphony orchestras and festivals and has appeared at major opera houses in Europe, America and Australia. Her repertoire also includes leading mezzo-soprano roles, such as Princess Eboli [Don Carlos], Charlotte [Werther], Santuzza [Rustic Chivalry/Cavalleria rusticana], Marguerite [The Damnation of Faust/La damnation de Faust] Carmen [Carmen] and Jocasta [Oedipus Rex]. She sang under leading international conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Colin Davis, Mariss Jansons, etc. She also worked with celebrated directors such as Franco Zeffirelli and Robert Wilson in Western Europe (especially the UK) and America. In the period 1987-2005 she appeared at the GNO as Princess Eboli (Olympia Theater, 1987/1988), Amneris (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1991, 1993), Giovanna Seymour [Anna Bolena] (Olympia Theater, 1999/2000), Delilah (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 2003), Mother [The mother’s ring/Το dakhtylidi tis manas] (Olympia Theater, 2004/05). She also collaborated with the Athens State Orchestra, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) and the Athens Concert Hall.