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Maira Milolidaki

A versatile and prominent soprano hailed for the beauty of her timbre, Maira Milolidaki studied at the Athens Conservatoire (Diploma in classical singing). As a scholar of the Onassis Foundation, she pursued her vocal studies in Milan, Italy, and in Rome with Renata Scotto as a member of the Opera Studio in the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. She has also studied theatre and the art of performance (Drama school Εmpros - Ergastiri and Attis Theater, the Acting Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos).

As a debutante, she has participated in the international young artists program of the Aegean Opera under the artistic direction of the American baritone Sherrill Milnes. Since then, she appears regularly on stage performing a wide repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.

She is a member of the music-theatre company EUTOPIA (their performance Pietà, has been awarded in the International Theater Festival AndriyivskyFest, in Kiev, June 2018 and they are currently touring with their performance Free Besieged – June / October 2021) and of the Baroque Ensemble Canto Soave (their cd Vita Segreta, Musica Segreta has been recently released by FM Records). As a recording artist, she collaborates with the avant-garde electronic sound designer Constantine Skourlis, creating experimental music for internationally acclaimed theatre and dance performances, such as Don Quixote (by Res Ratio Network) and Richard II- Requiem for a King (directed by Marlene Kaminsky). Their latest collaboration includes the performance on the life of Hildegard von Bingen, Splendidissima Gemma (Megaron - the Athens Concert Hall, March 2020) and the recording of the songs for the dance performance Free at Last (Theater Rotterdam, June 2019, Festival of Athens and Epidaurus, June 2021).

Her appearances in concerts and opera productions include the National Theater of Greece, the Greek National Opera, the Alternative Stage of the GNO, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Teatro dal Verme (Milan), the Carnegie Hall (New York). She has performed major roles such as Violetta (Verdi, La Traviata), Madga (Puccini, La Rondine), Gilda (Verdi, Rigoletto), Queen of the Night (Mozart, The Magic Flute), Micaela (Bizet, Carmen), Rosina (Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Céphise (Rameau, Pygmalion), Godmother (Viardot, Cendrillon) and Morgana (Handel, Alcina). She has collaborated in various concerts with the Academica Orchestra of Athens, the State Orchestra of Athens, the Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus, the brass quintet Melos Brass, the New Hellenic Quartet, the organist J. Geffert and the counter tenor Michael Chance. She was artistic director of the concert cycle A Museum made of Music (Museum of Cycladic Art, 2009-2011) and of the festival Music Tones at Beton 7 (2011-2015). In 2018 Subways released her personal cd with the art songs Grafomena by J. Valette. She participated in the movies Matriarchy and Canto si tu Cantas by film director N. Kornilios.

She has a PhD from Sorbonne-Paris IV University and a law degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been actively involved in vocal pedagogy for the last 15 years. She works as a voice instructor in the Music and Theater Department at Deree – The American College of Greece and in the Modern Music Department of Ph. Nakas Conservatory (Berklee College of Music, undergraduate program). Since 2008 she performs regularly with the pianist Titos Gouvelis, exploring the art song repertoire in its many periods and forms.