|Ioanna Karvelas, Greek-American
dramatic soprano, studied Voice in New York under Conrad Osborne and at
the National Conservatory of Athens in Greece under Antony Kalaitzakis,
a tenor and student of the famous tenor Nino Piccaluga.(A contemporary
of Martinelli, he was often chosen by Toscanini to open the season of La
||Urged by Krino Kalomiris, director
of the Athens Conservatory and daughter of the National Composer of Greece
Manolis Kalomiris, to record her interpretation of the role of the mother
in Manolis Kalomiris's opera THE MOTHERS RING, she appears in this role
in the first Greek Opera ever recorded with the Sofia Philharmonic and
the Obretenov Chorus.
She has appeared at the Athens Lyric
Theatre, The Athens Festival, The Heraklion Crete Festival, and the Samos
Festival. She has recorded the role of Lady Macbeth in Verd's Macbeth with
the Polish National Radio Orchestra.
|She has since become an ambassador
of Greek Classical Music always performing along with her theater engagements
a wealth of compositions beginning with the Kennedy Center in Washington
DC, Lincoln Center in New York as well as in Germany, Austria, Poland,
Bulgaria and the Ukraine.
She specializes in the dramatic
roles of Verdi, such as Lady Macbeth, Abigaille, Elisabetta, Leonora in
Trovatore and Forza, Puccini's Turandot and Tosca, and the Wagnerian heroines
Sieglinde and Ortrund.
Recently she has expanded her
repertoire to include the role of Elektra in R. Strauss's Elektra, which
she has studied with Maestro David Aronson of the Vienna Staatsoper.
Clark College in Portland, Oregon has hired Mrs Karvelas for a series of masterclasses.
The big public official one
is on April 16 and the concert in which she will perform Kalomiris's The Magic
Herbs a song cycle for voice and orchestra (here it will be with piano and
voice) is scheduled for April 19th at the Agnes Flannagan Concert Hall. At that concert she will also
be presenting excerpts from the opera Orietta di Lesbo by Verdi for the first
time since 1845. The World Premier Revival of this work in its entirety is
projected for the Fall of 2005 or the first months of 2006 with the
Oregon Symphony and College Choruses and Ioanna in the lead role of Orietta, a
Lesbiot Joan of Arc figure who saved the castle of Mytilene from the Turks
(Ottoman Empire) around 1450, donned male armor and inspired the Lesbiots to
fight and win. If you are within striking distance of Portland please come.
For more information e-mail
See also Aria Code:
Opera singer's heart
and soul reflect her Greek musical roots
By Donald Munro