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Pieris Zarmas

Soloist, Baritone
Born in Akanthou, Famagusta, Cyprus in 1933, Pieris Zarmas studied in London’s Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal College of Music. He continued his studies at the Scuola di Perfezionamento in Milan. He began his career by participating in concerts in Milan, Barcelona and Athens. In 1965 he was hired as a baritone at the Oper Bonn, where he worked until 2004. In Bonn, he appeared in some 3.500 performances, ranging from classic operas to covers of traditional Cypriot songs with orchestral accompaniment. In 1975 he was declared a Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bonn, where he studied musicology, folklore, classic literature and linguistics, subjects which were addressed also in his books, often focusing on Cyprus and his native village (traditional music of Cyprus, tonal systems, ethnography and art in general). In 1999 he received the Excellence in Letters, Arts and Sciences of Cyprus. In 2002 he was decorated with the Grand Cross of Germany by Bonn Mayor Bärbel Dieckmann for his humanitarian work for refugees of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, as well as for promoting the two countries’ cultural cooperation. He died on 7/4/2007 in Bonn and his body was taken at public expense in Cyprus on 14/42007. In the period from 1964 to 1972, he appeared as soloist in the GNO productions of Boris Godunov (as Shchelkalov and Czernikowski, Odeon of Herodes Atticus 1964), Fidelio (as Don Pizarro) and Il trovatore (as Count di Luna). // Last update of the biography: June 2019 - The list of the productions below is complete.