CULTURE

Theodoridou at the Nakas

Following an evening of mixing classical with contemporary Greek music alongside Giorgos Dalaras at the Athens Concert Hall recently, soprano Sonia Theodoridou returns to the stage with a concert at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory on Wednesday, October 6. Born in Veria, Theodoridou studied at the Greek National Conservatory, graduating with distinction. Awarded the Maria Callas scholarship, she used this to further her education at the Music Academy in Cologne and later on in London under the guidance of Vera Rosza. The soprano has appeared in productions staged at renowned European opera houses such as the Frankfurt Opera, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Deutsche Opera Berlin, the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Theatre Chatelet in Paris, the Lyon Opera, the Teatro Communale di Firenze and the Athens Concert Hall. She has also appeared in numerous concerts as a soloist, while over the years she has collaborated with top maestros including Zubin Mehta, Ivan Fischer, Antonio Pappano and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Theodoridou’s soloist repertoire includes a number of important roles: Elvira from «Don Giovanni,» Violetta in «La Traviata,» Mimi in «La Boheme,» Fiordiligi in «Cosi Fan Tutte» and Pamina in the «Magic Flute,» among others. During the 2002-2003 period, Theodoridou acted as artistic director of the «Human Voice,» a project which took place in her hometown, aimed at promoting education, development and promotion of various forms of artistic expression based on the human voice. In February this year, Theodoridou was a member of the cast of the Greek National Opera’s curtain raiser «Cavalleria Rusticana,» taking the role of Santuzza. The singer has released three recordings: «La Calisto» (Harmonia Mundi), «Sonia Theodoridou Meets Manos Hadjidakis» (Seirios) and «Recital» (Seirios). At the Phillipos Nakas Concert Hall, Theodoridou will interpret a broad variety of works, ranging from Handel to Hadjidakis. She will be accompanied by pianist Dimitris Yiakas. Sonia Theodoridou at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory on Wednesday, October 6, 41 Ippocratous, tel 210.363.4000. Free entrance; concert starts at 8.30 p.m.