The soprano Gina Fotinopoulou sings for us
The soprano Gina Fotinopoulou, accompanied by the pianist Dimitris Yakas, will perform four different musical pieces inspired by Shakespeare, in a recording prepared especially for the participants of the ESRA 2021 conference.
GINA FOTINOPOULOU (soprano)
Gina Fotinopoulou studied classical music at the Athenian Conservatory in Greece, supervised by the well-known Greek mezzo soprano Kiki Morfoniou, and obtained a diploma in classical singing with distinction.
She continued her music studies at the Middlesex University in London and graduated with a BA with honors in performing arts (music, drama and dance) specializing in musical theatre and jazz.
She has collaborated with several symphonic Orchestras and smaller ensembles, performing at the National Opera of Greece, the Herodion, the theatre of Epidaurus, the Concert Hall of Athens, the Concert Hall of Thessalonica, the Kennedy Centre in Washington as well as many other theatres and concert halls.
In May 2004 she sang the Special Olympic anthem during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympic Games. In 2006 she performed in the closing ceremony of the International Movie Festival in Thessalonica and in 2013 she had the leading role for the Revival of the first Olympic Games that took place in the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron).
Since 2002 she has performed the leading part in several productions of the National Opera of Greece, the Concert Hall of Athens (Megaron) and the Greek Festival. In May 2008 she founded a cultural center in Athens and the youth choir “Evmelia”.
In addition to her music studies Gina Fotinopoulou has also studied Greek philology (literature, poetry, linguistics) at the University of Athens and obtained a BA in Medieval and Neohellenic Studies.
Dimitris Yakas was born in Athens.
He studied piano at the National Conservatory in Athens, from where he graduated in 1977. He continued his education at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (piano, chamber music and piano coaching [formation de chef de chant]) and took lessons in vocal accompaniment with Dalton Baldwin.
In 1982 he took up a position as coach at the Paris Opera, where he remained until 1991. He worked many times as coach at the Opéra de Lyon at the invitation of Kent Nagano.
In 1991 he settled in Athens and became one of the principal collaborators of the Greek National Opera and the Megaron (The Athens Concert Hall). He has coached the singers for the world premieres of many operas written by Greek composers (M. Theodorakis, Th. Mikroutsikos, A. Kounadis and others) and has played for Master classes of J. Pilou, Ch. Ludwig, D. Evangelatos, Anna Tomowa–Sintow, Alison Pearce and others.
He regulary gives concerts as an accompanist in Greece and abroad (with M. Krilovic, J.Pilou, A.Baltsa, D. Evangelatos, D. Kavrakos, El. Vidal, A. Cognet, D. Theodossiou, S.Theodoridou and others).
Recording: Kostas Katsantonis (sound), Konstantinos Vassiliou (video and editing).