Heralds Volunteering : Alcestis Protopsalti

The Respected Attikiouzel Alcestis, Alcestis Protopsalti since 1975, was born in Alexandria, Egypt on October 18. Her mother, a teacher originally from Chios born in Alexandria, as her father, a surgeon recognized origins in Anatolia.
Childhood memories have a strong stamp of Alexandria in smells and images on walks with her parents in the desert with her grandfather on the Corniche, in cafes with their hookahs (a specific coffee shop across from her childhood home in Alexandria to thekey role in helping to identify this house, when after almost 40 years to visit her hometown).
At the age of 6 years is faced with uprooting. Do not forget to date the last look at her childhood home and the customs official who broke the only doll that held in its hands, to find hidden valuables.Since then, never played with dolls again.
Her family, although she had relatives who then fled to Australia for Nasser, chose Athens as a compulsory second home. Just a few years later, her father could not bear the burden of uprooting and died. This fierce and a final blow of fate does not ever get over.
Child restless, hyperactive, then and now, he tetanus serum at 6 months, ever since stepped nails in construction where he played in making the round of death in New Smyrna with his childhood friend, Stamatis Kraounakis. Child impossible, restless, with a very loud voice, gave a recital early in cardboard boxes on the pharmaceutical terrace.
Already in the works of 13 summers to provide financial assistance to the family. He has worked as a tour guide (who brought her experience at an early landmark contact microphone). In winter, attending school, which is a good student, vivid, and fatal charge of all artistic events.
During puberty dedicates itself to the sport, and while we won in 1975, an artist of unique Range probably lost a champion. He is passionate about athletics (100 m, 400 m hurdles Panionios and handball in Milon until 1986). The athletic office is also evident both in its ethos and in its natural state. The fitness and a healthy diet is not lacking in her life.
At the age of 17 years and while not intended to be a singer, listens to a student party to sing and play guitar photographer George Paschalidis, then try the Municipality Moutsis songs from the album “St. in February, and finally trust of songs like “God forsakes Anthony” disk “Tetralogy” poetry by Cavafy, Richie, Karyotakis. The first contract to Columbia to sign a reluctant mother certainly not impressed with the professional perspective opened in front of her daughter. Let us not forget the earlier match of each singer with free morals woman of the night.
With unparalleled tenacity, professionalism and dynamism will be managed from the outset of his brilliant career to be imposed in the art of song with a unique weapon the great and expressive voice!

Heralds Volunteering: Sonia Theodoridou

Biographical note

The soprano Sonia Theodoridou was born in Veria, Greece. She studied at the Greek National Conservatory “Manolis Kalomiris” where she graduated with distinction and received an “Excellent and Distinguished Performance” award. She was also awarded the “Maria Kallas” scholarship and studied in the Musical Academy in Cologne and later in London with Vera Rosza.

Sonia Theodoridou has appeared in the most important lyric theatres of Europe such as Frankfurt Oper, Berlin Staatsoper unten den Linden, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, National Theater Muenich, Stuttgart, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie-Bruxelles, Theatre Chatelet de Paris, Teatro Communale di Firenze, Theatre Basel, Opera de Lyon, Opera de Montpellier, Festspiele Schwetzingen, Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Athens Concert Hall, Herodus Atticus Theater, etc.

As a soloist she has performed numerous concerts and song recitals in Cologne (Koelner Philharmonie), Budapest (Franz Liszt Academy), Italy (Reggio Emilia), Lisbon (Colosseum), Tokyo, Frankfurt (Alte Oper) and has collaborated with famous conductors like: Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Rene Jacobs, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gerd Albrecht, Garry Bertini, Ivan Fischer, Marcello Viotti, Frans Bruggen with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment etc.

Her classical repertoire includes some of the most important opera roles as : Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Zauberfloete), Alcina (Alcina), Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Il Rigoletto), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Mimi (La Boheme), Euridice (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), Salud (La vida breve), Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), Maria Stuarda (Maria Stuarda), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Jenny (Mahagonny), etc.

She has released three CD albums: “La Calisto” (Harmonia Mundi), “Sonia Theodoridou encounters Manos Hadjidakis” (Seirios) and “Recital” (Seirios).

Heralds Volunteering

On March 30, 2009, appeared before the SA President of the Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias, the volunteer program of Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011. The first citizen of the country, has signed as the first volunteer, while the presence of the Organizing Committee declared the following in the Games Volunteer Heralds:

Soprano Sonia Theodoridou
Alkistis Protopsalti, Interpreter
Stefanos Korkolis, Composer
Marie Kyriacou Presenter of the show with Love
Vasia Panagopoulos, Actor
Stratigis Voukidis World Summit Youth Volunteer
Konstantinos Fykas Parolympionikis
Konstantinos Triantafyllou Special Olympics Athlete
Voula Patoulidou Olympian
Pyrros Dimas Olympic
John Zouganelis, Musician and Actor
Peter Galaktopoulos Olympian
Nike Olympic Bakoyannis
Olympic champion Nikos Kaklamanakis
Olga Vasdeki Olympian
Giorgos Sigalas Olympian
Theodore Maradini, Member Group ONIRAMA
George Kokonidis, Member Group ONIRAMA
Dimitris Kokonidis, Member Group ONIRAMA
Konstantinos Karakatsanis, Member Group ONIRAMA
Dennis Fratzis, Member Group ONIRAMA
Chris Tresintsis Member Group ONIRAMA
George Kapoutzidis, Actor and Screenwriter
Archm. St. Kavala, School Director of Special Education Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Serres
Panosiologiotatos Father Gabriel, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Athens

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