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The Greek National Opera’s Children’s Chorus was founded in September 2012. It has an exclusively educational character and its goals, among others, are the study of choral singing, the cultivation of the wider musical education of its members and the development of the feeling of partnership and cooperation. Its priority is also the experiential music education, which is achieved through the participation of the children in performances, concerts and various artistic activities of the organization.
Till today, the Children’s Chorus has participated to great acclaim in such productions of the Greek National Opera as La bohème, Tosca, Werther, Otello, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, Wozzeck, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Nutcracker, Suor Angelica, Carmencitas, The Murderess, Halima and Leporella, as well as in the works The Era of Melissanthi and Sweet Movie, in such venues as Olympia Theatre, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Alexandra Trianti Hall (Athens Concert Hall), Stavros Niarchos Hall (SNFCC), Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera etc. In addition, the Chorus has given numerous concerts, performing a very extensive repertoire, at the Presidential Mansion, the Acropolis Museum, the Pnyx, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center etc.
The Children’s Chorus' first mistress was the soprano Mata Katsouli. Since autumn 2017, the ensemble has been directed by Konstantina Pitsiakou. The Chorus comprises about one hundred children aged 6 to 15 years old. The participation is free of admission, while the members are selected through an audition, which takes place after a relevant announcement by the Greek National Opera.
She studied with scholarship methodology of teaching, chorus direction, classical singing and piano at the International Pedagogical Institute Zoltan Kodály (Franz List Academy, Kecskemét, Hungary) and at the Music Department of the University of Cardiff (Wales). Moreover, she studied singing (diploma) with Christina Yannakopoulou. She sang with the Patras Contemporary Music Ensemble and the String Quartet of the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, while she gave concerts of Early music with the ensembles Ex-Silentio and Os Orphicum. She collaborated with the Choruses of the GNO and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, as well as with the Chamber Chorus of the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. She gave lectures in Cyprus about the Kodály system. For several years Pitsiakou taught at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, where she created and conducted the children’s chorus and the student vocal ensembles, at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece, as well as at the Drama School of the Municipal and Regional Theatre of Patras. Since September 2017 she is the mistress of the GNO Children’s Chorus.