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Striftobola, Marilena

Marilena Striftobola

Soprano

Born in Athens, Greece. She is a coloratura soprano. She began her studies in singing with the acclaimed Greek soprano Martha Arapis and gained her Singing Diploma from the “Conservatory of classical and contemporary music”’ with the highest honors. She is also studying piano and musicology at the National University of Athens.

She has participated in classical singing master classes in Greece and abroad with renowned professors & artists such as Eilana Lappalainen, Marlis Petersen, Cheryl Studer, Abbie Furmansky & David Malis.

She made her deput at the age of 21, collaborating with the Greek National Opera at the production “Beware! The prince is messy”, a comic opera by Nikos Kypourgos, presented for the first time in “Olympia” theater (Athens). She also performed the role of the third apparition in Verdi’s “Macbeth” conducted by Myron Michailidis and presented at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron). At the same Hall, she performed the role of “Marie Antoinette” in the Christmas tale by Eugene Trivizas “Twelve minutes to twelve”. She has appeared in many concerts given in Greece (Athens, Ioannina, Paros, Syros) and in Germany (Berlin, Wittenberg, Wörlitz, Bayreuth). She has sung in concerts and Opera Galas at the “Festival Junger Kunstler Bayreuth” (Germany) including arias from the roles “Rosina” (Il barbiere di Siviglia – G. Rossini), “Gilda” (Rigoletto – G. Verdi), “Violetta” (La Traviata – G. Verdi), “Juliette” (Roméo et Juliette – C. Gounod), “Ophelie” (Hamlet – Am. Thomas), by receiving enthusiastic feedback.

In July 2014 she performed the role of “Lauretta” in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” which was presented at the “Apollo Theater” (Syros island) during the “Festival of the Aegean”. She also perfomed the role of “Prima Ancella” in Cherubini’s “Medea” under the baton of Peter Tiboris at the same Festival.

Besides opera, her repertory includes operetta, religious & contemporary music. She has given oratorio concerts including arias of J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart & G.B. Pergolesi (Stabat Mater). She has presented for the first time and recorded the contemporary song “A leaf” by Spiros Mazis.

Stavrianos, Dimosthenis Chr.
Vocal
Taneva, Borislava
Piano, Composers