On 27 July we invite you to a magical concert under the full moon with two world-class artists, Vassiliki Karayanni (soprano-opera singer) and Ourania Menelaou (pianist & musicologist) coming together to perform amidst the romantic ambience and heritage buildings of Castle Blatna courtyard.
The coloratura soprano-opera singer Vassiliki Karayanni made her debut in 2012 at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, performing the role of Olympia in the opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Robert Carsen. Since then, Karayanni has performed in many of the most representative roles of the coloratura soprano at world-famous theaters and music halls like London’s Covent Garden’s Opera House, Florence State Opera, the Copenhagen Opera House, Tokyo’s Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall, among others.
She has also received many prestigious awards, including one for new artists from the Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music regarding her performance in the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne in Naxos of R. Strauss, in the production of the Greek National Opera and the award of Ilva Ligabue in Italy.
The Cypriot-born Ourania Menelaou is a pianist and musicologist with degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Charles University, and University of Iowa, where she was awarded a Teaching Assistantship and studied piano under Prof. Uriel Tsachor, receiving her postgraduate degree in Piano Performance in 2006.
Menelaou has an extensive repertoire both as a soloist and as a pianist in chamber music recitals. She holds the diploma Laureat de l’ Academie de Lausanne and has performed at music festivals in the U.S. with internationally recognized musicians including Hjörleifur Valsson, Peter Zazofsky, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Terry King and others. Menelaou has given recitals in Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Norway, Iceland and the U.S. She has recorded for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the Icelandic Radio, KNPR in Las Vegas and for the Český Rozhlas in Prague.
As a musicologist, Menelaou has studied contemporary European music and has researched the piano music of the 19th and 20th century, the music of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček, and the piano music of the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas. During her studies in the U.S., she gave several lecture–recitals on Janáček’s piano music and on Czech piano music of the 20th century.
At present, she is researching solo piano music post-1945 at Goldsmiths University in London. She also lectures History of Music at the New York University in Prague.