Our main Stage Directors:
Kassandra was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She has been in the world of music since her early childhood, first as a cellist and later as an opera singer. She studied the cello and singing in Germany (Detmold and Stuttgart) where she took her Bachelor in Music, specialized in opera. She took also Master in Arts at the Royal Academy of Music in London with distinction founded by Life Action Trust, the Leventis Foundation, Josephine Baker Trust and the Athena Scholarship.
Her international career in opera started around 2005 and since then she has performed major roles in many international opera houses (Staatsoper Stuttgart, National Opera of Greece, Teatro Cilea, Knoxville Opera and many more). In 2010 she sang next to Placido Domingo in the RADA Film production "Rigoletto a Mantova" which was broadcasted live all over the world.
Her repertory includes roles such as:
Eboli (Don Carlo)
Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Suzuki (M. Butterfly)
Cleopatra (G. Cesare)
Zerlina (Don Giovanni)
Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia)
and many more.
Since 2011 she is a co-founder of the independent opera company Skull of Yorick Productions and has directed/co-produced the following operas:
- Norma (V. Bellini)
- Otello (G. Verdi)
- Carmen (G. Bizet)
- Suor Angelica (G. Puccini)
- Il Tabarro (G. Puccini)
- I Pagliacci (R. Leoncavallo)
- Antigone (T. Traetta)
- La Serva Padrona (G. B. Pergolesi)
- Cosi Fan Tutte (W. A. Mozart)
- Opera is kicked out of Heaven (operatic comedy), which she wrote and published in Greece.
In September 2013 she co-founded the Thessaloniki Opera Studio for young artists to gain experience in small productions of popular operas.
Recent projects include:
Stage direction of Bellini's "Norma" at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (March 2016).
"Carmen" on tour (main role/ stage direction)
"Amneris" in Aida, Thessaloniki (Oct. 2016)
"La mor de Cleopatre" (H. Berlioz).
Stage Direction of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte in Dublin (November 2016)
For more info, please visit Kassandra's website: www.kassandradimopoulou.com
Jenny Drivala was born in Kalamata-Greece. She completed her musical studies (piano-voice) at the University for the Arts of Bremen-Germany. Winner of the 1st Prize of the "V.Bellini" International Singing Competition in Italy and of the Special Prize "M.Callas" of the same Competition, she debuted as Lucia in the National Opera of Greece in Athens and at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari-Italy and as Amina in "La Sonnambula" at the Capitole in Toulouse-France.1n this same role, few years later, she debuted at the La Scala Opera House in Milan-Italy,under the baton of G.-A.Gavazzeni.
Shortly after Lucia, followed the debut as Violetta in "La Traviata" again in Athens. A role that has brought her in several major Opera Houses around the world.
Apart of her permanent collaboration with the National Opera of Greece, she has appeared as a guest in the following countries:
ITALY: in Milan La Scala, Rome Teatro del Opera, Bologna Comunale, Catania Teatro Bellini, Spoleto Festival del due Mondi, Florence Magglo Fiorentino, Napoil San Carlo, Venice La Fenice, Bari Petruzzelli and others, collaborating with conductors such as, Riccardo Chailly, Nello Santi, G.A. Gavazzeni, Daniel Oren, Donato Renzetti, Michel Plasson, Alfredo Zedda and producers as P.L.Pizzi, G.C.Menotti, L.Wertmueller, P.L.Samaritani, Jean Pierre Ponnelle, Yuri Liubimov and others.
FRANCE: Paris Chatelet and Champs Elysees, Toulouse Capitole, Bordeaux, Nice, Monte Carlo, Festival of Carpentras, Montpellier
AUSTRIA: Vienna State Opera, Volksoper, Innsbruck Festival
GERMANY: Hamburg, Dusseldorf
SWITZERLAND:Zurich, Basel, Lausanne, St. Gallen
GR.BRITAIN:London ENO, Philarmonia at the Winchester Cathedral, Clerkenwell Festival
U.S.: New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Detroit Opera House
AUSTRALIA: The Victoria State Opera in Melbourne
SOUTH AFRICA: PACT Pretoria, CAPAB Cape Town
"Songs I Love"- London 1995 Sommrecords
"The Crucifixion"- Byzantine Opera by Y. Boufides Athens 1996
"Christmas 2000" - Athens 2000
"Antigone" - Opera by M.Theodorakis
"Brentano Lieder - Daphne "- by R.Strauss
"Aria" - Athens (2006) - Arias by Vellini, Verdi, Meyerbeer, Mozard
"Armide" by Gluck (title role) - Austrian Television
"Maiina" by Werner Schroeter
"Poussieres d'amour" by Werner Schroeter