Wassili Janulako

Soloist, Βaritone
He was born in Athens in 1933. He studied vocal music at the Athens Conservatory under Kimon Triantafyllou and at the National Conservatory of Athens under Marika Kalfopoulou. He has also studied political science. His first appearance was in the opera Alceste (Priest of Apollo), a GNO performance (Herodeon, 1959). In 1961 he won the Vienna International Singing Competition of the label Decca and began an international career in opera houses within the German territory: Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Essen, Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Hannover, Nuremberg, Karlsruhe, Wuppertal, the German Opera of Berlin, the German Opera on the Rhine in Düsseldorf-Duisburg, the Hamburg State Opera. In the period from 1970 to 1980 he appeared in the Vienna State Opera as Amonasro (Aida), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Scarpia (Tosca), Count di Luna (Il trovatore) and Tonio (Pagliacci). He also performed in Zurich, Basel, Bern, Toulouse, San Francisco, Canada, the Spoleto Festival, Philadelphia and Catania. His repertoire is dominated by intense dramatic roles: Don Pizarro (Fidelio), the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Telramund (Lohengrin), Amfortas (Parsifal), all Verdian roles, Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Jochanaan (Salome), Escamillo (Carmen), et al. He collaborated with leading conductors and soloists of his era. He collaborated with GNO during the period from 1959 to 1975, when he appeared regularly in its productions. Ηe sang leading baritone roles in 25 basic repertoire operas, in 49 productions and/or production revivals, many of which were premieres of works by GNO: Kassiani by George Sklavos, Faust, Boris Godunov, La Gioconda, Lohengrin, Falstaff (Ford), Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga), I vespri siciliani (Monforte). He participated nine times in GNO productions at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, as part of the Athens Festival. He has a wide discography. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.