Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 24, 2016

Petros Epitropakis (Tenor) (Athens, Greece 22. 12. 1894 - ? 10. 04. 1977)

                                                                     De Grieux

First he studied singing with N. Kokkinos and Tim Xathnopoulos. From  1918 to 1920 he continued his education under Nina Foka at the Athens Conservatory. He made his debut as Cavaradossi in ''Tosca'' at Attikon in Piraeus. He continued his studies in Milan under Giuseppe Borghi (1920-1924). In Italy he appeared with great success in famous operatic stages. After his return in Greece (1924), he appeared as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’ opposite Yiannis Angelopoulos. In the interwar period he sang in performances of the Elliniko Melodrama (Greek Melodrama): ‘’The Mother’s Ring’’ (1928, 1931), ‘’O protomastoras’’ (1930), ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’ (1930, as a partner of Elvira de Hidalgo), ‘’Don Pasquale’’ (1931) etc. From 1941 to 1959 he was a principal tenor of the Greek National Opera. His repertoire included Almaviva in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Alfredo  in ‘’La Traviata’’, De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’,  Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, Ernesto in ‘’Don Pasqaule’’ etc. 

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Piraeus Attikon Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1920 Marsala Teatro Municipale Faust (Faust)
1924 Athens National Opera Rigoletto (Duke)


HMV, Athens 1924
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella AO-187 BJ 207

HMV, Athens 1926?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Se il mio nome AO-188  BJ 302 I
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini):Oh sorte! già veggo AO-188 BJ 342 I

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