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ALEXIA VOULGARIDOU

soprano

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RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

-  The title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, at the Welsh National Opera;


The title role in Puccini's Tosca, at the Estonian National Opera Tallinn;

- Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with the Athens National Radio Symphony Orchestra;

- Liù in Puccini's Turandot, at the Bakwo Hall (Japan), conducted by Zubin Mehta;

- Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, at Hamburgische Staatsoper, Ópera de Colombia, Royal Opera of Sweden,  and Welsh National Opera;

- Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

BIOGRAPHY

Critically acclaimed for her dazzling performances, she is a regular guest at the most prestigious European and American opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals. Ms. Voulgaridou began her musical studies in Athens and continued them at the conservatory in Munich, under the tutelage of Daphne Evangelatos, where she also participated in master classes with Astrid Varnay. She made her professional debut at the Prinzregententheater, in Munich, as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, under the baton of Sir Colin Davis.

Soon afterward, she sang Sophie in a new August Everding's production of Der Rosenkavalier, at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Other roles followed, including Violetta in La Traviata, the three heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Marzelline in Fidelio and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, in Hannover, Munich, Darmstadt and Cologne. Soon after her great success at the Bregenz Festival as Mimi in La Bohème, she debuted in Geneva as Mimi and also sang the role in Munich.

In Italy, she won extraordinary critical and popular acclaim for her Marguerite in Gounod's Faust, in Rome, and for her first Anna Bolena at the Teatro Regio di Torino. She was invited to the Ravenna Festival for Faust and for concert performances of Mefistofele, under the baton of Riccardo Muti, with whom she has also performed the Verdi's Requiem. Ms. Voulgaridou also performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Zurich, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. She was heard as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, at the Grand Théâatre du Capitole de Toulouse and in Santiago, Chile; in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania; and as Marguerite in Faust and Mimi, at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Ms. Voulgaridou returned to the Hamburg State Opera as Nedda in I Pagliacci. She also sang in Hamburg’s new production of Faust; Liù, conducted by Lorin Maazel, in China; and Micaela in Carmen, at the Teatro alla Scala.

Other engagements include her first performances of the title role in Madama Butterfly and as Lucrezia in Verdi's I Due Foscari in Hamburg, a new production of Carmen in Palermo, La Bohème at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, as Luisa Miller.

Ms. Voulgaridou made her debut at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden as Mimi, in Puccini's La Bohème, alongside Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. She returned to the Hamburg State Opera for her first Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites. The production, conducted by Simone Young and directed by Nikolaus Lenhoff, was telecasted throughout Europe. Ms. Voulgaridou also appeared in the title role of Anna Bolena at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She appeared in two roles in Valencia: as Liù in Turandot, conducted by Zubin Mehta, and as Micaëla in a new 

production of Carmen, conducted by Lorin Maazel. She sang Mimi at the Teatro alla Scala, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, and at the Royal Opera Covent Garden.

 

She subsequently added the title role in Verdi’s Luisa Miller to her repertoire in Valencia, conducted by Lorin Maazel. She was also heard in Valencia as Marguerite and Liù.

 

Other notable Voulgaridou's engagements have included her debut as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, in Hamburg, and as Manon; from Massenet, at the Teatro alla Scala. She made her Australian debut in Sydney with her first Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, and added Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni to her repertoire, in Bordeaux. She also starred in the Hamburg State Opera’s new production of La Bohème.

 

Ms. Voulgaridou has appeared with renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis and Franz Welser-Möst, among others.


Alexia Voulgaridou’s discography includes a DVD of a new production of La Bohème from the Bregenz Opera House; a portrait disc by Arte Nova Classics Sony BMG, with the Bayerisches Rundfunk, under the direction of Nicola Luisotti; Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito by Sony BMG, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg; and a DVD of Chen Kaige’s production of Turandot, conducted by Zubin Mehta, which has been awarded as Editor’s Choice, in the Gramophone Magazine. In 2010, a DVD of Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites was released. In 2013, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was released, both at the Hamburg Opera House. Her discography also includes Cavalleria Rusticana and Spontini's Fernando Cortez, both in 2019, by the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Ms. Voulgaridou earned outstanding reviews for her role as Blanche. One noteworthy participation in the cinema, was that in the movie “Deux”, from Werner Schroeter, where she appeared as a special guest, interpreting arias from various operas.

 

Other roles in her developing repertoire include the title role in Thaïs, Juliette in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and the title role in Suor Angelica.

 

Recent engagements include Tosca in Trieste; La Battaglia di Legnano in Hamburg; La Bohème at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo; Madama Butterfly at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, in Tokyo, Seoul, and London; Faust in London; Pagliacci in Naples; Tosca in San Diego; La Bohème in Trieste; Tosca in Detroit; Madama Butterfly in Seattle, Brussels, Bogotà and Stockholm; Cavalleria Rusticana, Fernando Cortèz, and the new opera Jeanne Dark, from Fabio Vacchi, in Florence; and Suor Angelica, at Birgitta Festival Tallinn.
 

After a forced pause due to the pandemic, Alexia Voulgaridou returned dynamically to the stage, realizing several concerts in Greece and Italy. In 2021-22 season, she started her collaboration with the Welsh National Opera, starring as Madama Butterfly in their new production and received astonishing reviews for her special interpretation of Puccini’s masterpiece.
 

Among her most recent and future engagements: two opera galas at the Megaron of Thessaloniki, Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder, at Athens Megaron Concert Hall and Zurich Tonhalle, Tosca at the Estonian National Opera, Suor Angelica and Il Tabarro at the Welsh National Opera.

REVIEWS

"The singing is mostly excellent, especially Voulgaridou as Butterfly, who is a true spinto soprano with a full-bodied lower range (...)"

David Patrick Stearns - Gramophone

 

"Alexia Voulgaridou does an excellent job of conveying both the character’s helplessness and her emotional strength, her proud refusal to comply with the will of those who would silence her."

Chiara Strazzulla - Art Scene in Walles

 

"Alexia Voulgaridou costruisce una Santuzza che assomiglia a un piccolo animale ribelle. Il soprano greco dimostra di trovarsi a suo agio in tutta la tessitura e dispiega una voce ampia e dotata di un bel timbro drammatico."

Filippo Antichi - Connessi all'Opera " 

 

Alexia Voulgaridou est Santuzza. (...) Le timbre toujours jeune, l’aigu inaltéré, elle affronte crânement les difficultés du rôle dont elle dresse un portrait par ailleurs très émouvant. "

Andreas Laska - ResMusica

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