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Biography
The greek baritone Aris Argiris has rapidly imposed himself on the international scene as one of the most promising young singers in the operatic repertoire. He has established an international career, performing regularly at the world's most prestigious opera houses, including ROH Covent Garden in London, Berlin Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Hamburg, Theatre de La Monnaie de Bruxelles, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Semperoper Dresden, Oper Bonn, Leipzig Oper, Mikhailosvky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Megaron of Athens and New National Theatre of Tokyo working with such conductors as Christian Thielemann, Konstantinos Carydis, Kurt Masur, Carlo Montanaro, Yakov Kreizberg, Gustav Kuhn, Donato Renzetti, Christian Thielemann, Manfred Honeck, Walter Attanasi, Graeme Jenkins, Carlo Franci, Giuliano Carella, Antonello Allemandi and Carlo Rizzi, and stage directors such as Andreas Homoki, Francesca Zambello, Hans Neuenfels, Guy Joosten, David McVicar, William Friedkin, Christine Mielitz, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Vera Nemirova and Hugo De Ana. On top of Don Giovanni (titlerole), his repertoire includes the following roles: Escamillo (Bizet’s Carmen), Belcore (Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore), Marcello (Puccini’s La bohème), Dandini (Rossini’s La Cenerentola), Figaro (Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia), Giorgio Germont (Verdi’s La traviata), Jago (Verdi's Otello), Francesco (Verdi's I Masnadieri), Francesco Foscari (Verdi's I Due Foscari), Rodrigo di Posa (Verdi's Don Carlo). In June 2010 he made his acclaimed Covent Garden debut performing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. Other important recent engagements include La traviata (Giorgio Germont) at the Komische Oper in Berlin, La bohème (Marcello) at Theatre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, Don Giovanni (title role), Le Villi (Guglielmo), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (four roles) and I Masnadieri (Francesco) at the Oper Frankfurt, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) in Lima and at the Arena di Verona, Un ballo in maschera (Renato) at the Mikhailosvky Theatre in St. Petersburg, La bohème (Marcello) at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Four Villains) at the Theater an der Wien. He opened the 2012/13 season performing La Cenerentola (Dandini) at Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, followed by La traviata (Germont) and La finta giardiniera (Nardo) at Berlin Staatsoper, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) and Don Giovanni (title role) at Dresden Semperoper, Manon Lescaut (Lescaut) at Theatre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, Otello (Jago) with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv (Dir.: Zubin Mehta). Among his future plans are Un ballo in Maschera (Renato) at San Diego Opera, Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro) at New National Theatre in Tokyo, Don Pasquale (Malatesta) at Cuvilliér-Theater in München, Fledermaus (Eisenstein) with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv (Dir.: Zubin Mehta), Carmen (Escamillo) at Savonlinna Festival and Theater St. Gallen, Johannaan at Theater Bern, Rigoletto at Musiktheater im Revier, Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico) and Lohengrin (Telramund) at Theatre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles. With the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen he recorded “Ariadne – Dithyrambos for Baritone and Orchestra" by Siegfried Matthus, as well as the aria of Holofernes from Matthus’ opera “Judith" (Label Genuin). Aris Argiris‘ first engagements were in Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund, followed by ensemble contracts at the Oper Bonn and, until 2011, the Oper Frankfurt. These engagements founded the basis for the baritone’s manifold repertoire. Born in Athens, he initially studied marketing and languages, saxophone and music theory, as well as singing with Kostas Paskalis, Frangiskos Voutsinos and Despina Calafati. In 1999 he was granted the Maria-Callas-Scholarship in Athens and continued his vocal training in Prof. Daphne Evangelatos’ master class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2002 Aris Argiris was a prize winner of the International Voice Competition of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, where he has sung the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. In 2007 he was nominated “Best young artist of the year” by theatre and opera critics in Greece.
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