soprano – opera singer
Vassiliki Karayanni, a coloratura soprano, was born in Patras and started her studies in piano, accordion and in the theoretic courses at a Conservatory of the city. She achieved the diploma of Monody (Opera singer) with distinction and award from the National Conservatory, branch of Glyfada, while she continued her studies next to Joseph Metternich in Monaco.
From an early age, she started her cooperation with the Greek National Opera where she continues ceaselessly to perform the most representative roles in the coloratura soprano repertoire.
In 2012, she made her debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, performing the role of Olympia in the opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Robert Carsen.
She has performed in some of the world’s greatest lyrical theaters, such as: Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, London’s Covent Garden’s Opera House, the Copenhagen Opera House, the Bunkamura Concert Hall of Tokyo, Tokyo’s Opera House, Biwako Hall at Otsu of Japan, at Berlin’s Comical Opera House, San Carlo in Naples, Florence State Opera, San Carlo Theater in Lisbon, Dusseldorf Opera, Soni Concert Hall in Tokyo, etc.
Her repertoire is extensive and includes many of the most representative roles of the Coloratura Soprano, such as: Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute (Mozart), Olympia in Hoffman’s Tales (Offenbach), Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi), Violetta in Traviata (Verdi ), Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Constanze and Blonde in the Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart), Adina in Elixir of Love (Donizetti), Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Zerbinetta in Ariadne in Naxos (R. Strauss) , Rosina in the Barber of Seville (Rossini), Countess Adele in Count Ory (Rossini), Amina in La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) (Bellini), etc.
She has sang in concerts in major halls such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and London’s Cadogan Hall, Musashino Concert Hall in Tokyo, etc.
She has received the special award as new artist, by the Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music regarding her performance in the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne in Naxos of R. Strauss, in the production of the Greek National Opera. She has also received the special award of Ilva Ligabue in Italy.
She has recorded CDs and DVDs such as: The Barber of Seville of Paisiello, “Prayer” in poetry of K. Kavafis and music of Ath. Simoglou, “The Monogram” in poetry of Od. Elytis and music of G. Kouroupos etc.
In 2006, she had the honor to travel with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Konstantinos Stefanopoulos, in Brussels, and performed a recital to the Greek Embassy before the Belgian kings and on their honor.
In the future, among others, she will sing: Sonnambula of Bellini, in the inaugural production of National Opera of Greece for the period 2019-2020, Opera Gala in Musikverein in Vienna, Recital in Prague, in the New Year’s Concert of the Athens State Orchestra at the Music Hall of Athens, in 2 concerts with Johann Strauss Ensemble in Megaron of Athens, Adele in Fledermaus of Johann Strauss in National Opera of Greece, Stavros Niarchos Hall, etc.”