“I am passionate about light, angles, geometry, human conditions and interdisciplinary arts. I bring these passions to my work”.
Stefanos was born in the beautiful city of Athens but grew up between 2 small towns in southern Greece. He describes his childhood as a world full of photographic memories: postcards of places, faces, and buildings. At age of 20, Stefanos moved to Italy to study architecture. He soon discovered his other great passion: opera.
From that moment on, his life entered a total immersion in theater and classical music, first as a student, then as a performer and now as a director
Stefanos has stood out in his career as a baritone for more than 25 years, performing a wide repertoire, both old and new, and which has led him to perform on large opera and concert stages around the world.
As a singer Stefanos has been seen at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Theaters of Parma, Pisa, Livorno, Trento, Bolzano and Bussetto Verdi Festival as well as the Greek National Opera, the Easter Festival in Rome, the Bolshoi Opera, Seoul Opera, Oslo Opera Den Nye, Staatstheater Freiburg, Theater Osnabrûck, New York City Opera, the Opera Orchestra of New York, Palm Beach Opera, Tampa Opera and Connecticut Opera.
Photo Credits Manolis Foumis
Stefanos always had a very strong interest in directing. In 2016, his first opportunity to direct a full opera appears when he directed Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto for the Altamura Center of the Arts, upstate New York. Right then and there he knew that he would want to pursue this new vocation in a more significant way.
“I has always wondered if I could translate my photographic view of the world into an actual production”.
As Stefanos opens a new chapter as General and Artistic Director of Teatro Grattacielo, he brings with him the experience of having worked with some of opera’s most distinguished stage directors and conductors, including Franco Zeffirelli, Fabrizio Melano, Moisés Kaufman, and Richard Bonynge.
In 2021 he directs Mozart’s Idomeneo in Heraklion, Greece and with Teatro Grattacielo in New York, followed by Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz for the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. In 2022 he will be directing Don Giovanni at the Apollon Theater in Syros, Greece and Zandonai’s Giulietta e Romeo with Teatro Grattacielo in NYC.
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