Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Callas at the Herodium – Change of soloist due to illness


We would like to announce that, due to illness, the soprano Nina Minasyan will not be performing as part of the GNO’s “Callas at the Herodium” Opera Gala on Saturday, 16 September at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

As a result, the cast of the Gala –featuring Anna Pirozzi, Catherine Foster, and Vassiliki Karayanni– is to be rounded out by a Greek coloratura soprano of the new generation, Nina Koufochristou.


Nina Koufochristou

Nina Koufochristou is a coloratura soprano born in Trikala, where she began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. A graduate of the Department of Music Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she earned diplomas in solo singing (under Katerina Karatza) and opera singing (from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki), completed her postgraduate opera studies in Cologne on an Onassis Foundation scholarship, and has specialised in baroque singing since 2013. She has performed numerous roles, including the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Sandrina (La finta giardiniera), Micaëla and Frasquita (Carmen), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Violetta (La traviata), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), and Monica (The Medium). She has also performed contemporary works, appeared in world premieres and recitals, and made recordings. She has garnered major awards at Greek and international competitions (including the 2015 Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition and the 2014 Maria Callas International Grand Prix). She was a member of the Opera Studio at the Greek National Opera (2009/10) and performed the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at the Olympia Theatre in 2015.