Anna Agathonos

mezzo soprano

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Tschaikowsky's "Eugen Onegin" at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz on 14.05.2021 with Anna Agathonos as Filipjewna

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Bio

Anna Agathonos completed her vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and after that joined the Opera Studio of Marseilles (CNIPAL) for two years. First engagements led her to the opera houses of Marseilles, Avignon and Rouen as well as the music festivals of Aix-en-Provence (title role in La Cenerentola, 2000) and Pesaro (Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims, 2002). From 2001 to 2010 she was a member of the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen where she began as a lyric mezzo soprano and took over parts in several productions of rarely performed works of the belcanto era (a.o. Bellini Zaira, Donizetti L' assedio di Calais, Meyerbeer Il Crociato in Egitto). Starting 2006 she moved on to the dramatic mezzo repertoire, appearing as Azucena, Amneris, Carmen, Cassandre (Berlioz Les Troyens), Dalila, The Composer and Auntie (Britten Peter Grimes) and later added Ulrica, Old Lady (Bernstein Candide) Jezibaba and Ortrud to the roles she has performed.
Anna Agathonos interpreted the Young Syrian in the world premiere of Enjott Schneider's Das Salome-Prinzip and took over the female main part in the world premiere of Alexander Müllenbach's opera Die Todesbrücke in the 2003 edition of the festival Ruhrtriennale as well as at the Théâtre National du Luxembourg. Furthermore she embodied Anna in Isidora Zebeljan's contribution to the Eichbaumoper which had its world premiere in the metro-station of Mühlheim an der Ruhr in 2009.
The greek singer has been freelancing since the season 2010/11. Guest contracts have led her to the State Opera of Hannover, the State Theatre of Oldenburg, the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, the State Theatre of Nuremberg as well as to the opera houses of Erfurt, Chemnitz, Bonn, Mönchengladbach und Pforzheim. She has also appeared at the Greek National Opera in Athens, Opera Ireland in Dublin, the Bartók Plus Opera Festival in Miskolc, the Klagenfurt Opera and the Open Air Festival Oper Burg Gars in Austria.
The accomplished song recital and oratorio singer sang Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra as well as Mahler's 3rd Symphony with the New Philharmonic Westphalia. She performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the orchestra of the Gärtnerplatztheater in the Philharmonie München and performed at the Beethoven plus Festival in Bad Aussee.
In the 2019/20 season she returned to the Greek National Opera Athens as Teresa in Bellini's La Sonnambula and debuted the role of The Witch in Hänsel & Gretel at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in the traditional production by Peter Kertz from 1974. Since September 2020 Anna Agathonos is a permanent member of the Ensemble of the Gärtnerplatztheater. She appears as Filipjewna in Eugen Onegin, The Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Menotti's The Medium (Title role) and Maddalena in Rigoletto.

Repertoire Opera


Composer Opera Role
       
Bellini, V. La Sonnambula Teresa  
Zaira Nerestano  
Berlioz, H. Les Troyens Cassandre  
  La Damnation de Faust Marguerite
  Béatrice et Bénédict Ursule
Bernstein, L. Candide Old Lady  
Bizet, G. Carmen Carmen
Britten, B. Peter Grimes Auntie  
  Gloriana Lady Frances Essex  
Donizetti, G. Lucia di Lammermoor Alisa
Dvorak, A. Rusalka Jezibaba
Humperdinck, E. Hänsel & Gretel The Witch
Kienzl, W. Der Evangelimann Magdalena  
Korngold, E. W. Die tote Stadt Brigitta  
Lortzing, A. Der Wildschütz Die Gräfin  
Menotti, G. C. The Medium Madame Flora (German)  
Mozart, W. A. Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame  
Nicolai, O. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Frau Reich  
Offenbach, J. Barbe-Bleue Boulotte  
Saint-Saëns, C. Samson et Dalila Dalila
Strauß, J. Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlofsky  
Tschaikowski, P. I. Eugen Onegin Filipjewna (Russian)  
Verdi, G. Aida Amneris  
  Il Trovatore Azucena  
  Un Ballo in Maschera Ulrica  
  Rigoletto Maddalena  
  Nabucco Fenena  
  Otello Emilia  
  Don Carlo Eboli*  
Wagner, R. Lohengrin Ortrud  
Der fliegende Holländer Mary  
Das Rheingold Erda*  
Die Walküre Fricka*  
Götterdämmerung Waltraute*  
Walton, W. The Bear Madame Popova
       
* Roles studied

Repertoire Oratorio & Concert


Bach, C.Ph.E. Magnificat
Bach, J.S. Johannespassion
  Matthäuspassion *
  Weihnachtsoratorium *
Brahms, J. Alto Rhapsody
Beethoven, L. v. 9th Symphony
  Mass in C major
Berio, L. Folk Songs
Bruckner, A. Te Deum
  Mass in D minor
Charpentier, M. A. Te Deum H 146
Hadjidakis, M. Kapetan Michalis Zyklus
C.N.S. Zyklus
Mahler, G. 2nd Symphony in C minor *
  3rd Symphony in D minor
  Kindertotenlieder
Ravel, M. Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Rossini, G. Petite Messe Solennelle
Saint-Saëns, C. Oratorio de Noël
  Messe de Requiem op. 54
Schubert, F. Mass in B minor D 324
Schumann, R. Frauenliebe und -leben, op. 42
Theodorakis, M. Mauthausen Kantate
Eros kai Thanatos
Verdi, G. Messa da Requiem
Vivaldi, A. Messa di Gloria
* studied

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