Saturday, July 14, 2007

Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Athens 2005 with Aris Argiris

is a young and very promising baritone. Copying from his website:
Aris Argiris was born in Athens in 1974. He attended the Athens Music Conservatory between 1989 and 1995 where he initially studied Saxophon, Counterpoint and Classical Music Harmony. In 1993 he commenced his studies of Marketing and Languages (English, Italian) at the university of Athens and simultaneously studied Voice under Kostas Paskalis, Frangiskos Voutsinos and Despina Calafati. In 1996 he took part in an international master class under the direction of Gabriella Ravazzi in Orvieto, Italy. In 1999 he was awarded the Maria-Callas Scholarship in Athens and continued his vocal studies with the eminent Professor Daphne Evangelatos at the Music Academy in Munich. Whilst studying he sang regurarly in Concert and Opera performances, at the ”Prinzregenten” Theatre in Munich (Don Giovanni) and at the ”Gewandhaus” in Leipzig.

In 2002 Aris Argiris was prize-winner at the International Voice Competition at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and sang the title role in Mozart’s ”Don Giovanni”. From 1999 he has made regular guest appearances in Greece, amongst others, in the Athenian State Opera House, the Music Megaron in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Apart from Don Giovanni, his repertoire includes the following roles: Escamillo (G. Bizet: Carmen), Belcore (G. Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore), Schaunard (G. Puccini: La Bohéme), Dandini (G. Rossini: La Cenerentola), Fieramosca (H. Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini), Sharpless (G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly), Guglielmo (W. A. Mozart: Così fan tutte), Figaro (G. Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Fernando (L. v. Beethoven: Fidelio), Orfeo (J. Peri: Euridice), Pilade (Ch. W. Händel: Oreste), G. Germont (G. Verdi: La Traviata), Donner (R. Wagner: Das Rheingold).

He has worked, among others, with the conductors Christian Thielemann, Kurt Masur, Yakov Kreizberg, Gustav Kuhn, Heribert Beissel, Nikos Athineos, Donato Renzetti.

Now, what i ve got for you is a performance of Barbiere given in Athens a couple of years ago with a fine cast! Argiris PLUS Antonis Koroneos as Almaviva and Vassiliki Karayanni as Rosina!
This performance was a-well deserved- triumph for Argiris, one of the very few i can remember during the last few years in the Athens Lyric. People were screaming for bis after his Largo and i think he actually bised the aria in the next performance...

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Almaviva: Antonis Koroneos
Figaro: Aris Argiris
Rosina: Vassiliki Karayanni
Basilio: Dimitri Kavrakos
Bartolo: Marcelo Lippi
Fiorello: Dionisio Sourmpis
Berta: Maria Marketou

Greek National Opera orchestra and chorus under the baton of
Chrisanthos Alissafis

Athens , 8. 5. 2005
Personal in-house
Very good sound




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