Teachers

Dwight Coleman – voice
Charikleia Glavopoulou – voice
Panagiotis Adam – stage director
Dimitris Chandrakis – violin
Chara Siraviola
Dimitris Patras – cello

Chrisa Grenda – correpetitor/coach
Giannis Tsanakaliotis – correpetitor/coach
 

DWIGHT COLEMAN

W. Dwight Coleman is Professor of Voice and Director of External Relations for the School of Music at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is also the Executive/Stage Director of the nationally recognized Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. He is a former resident stage director for the La Music Lirica Opera Festival in Italy. He holds degrees from Surry Community College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Northwestern University with additional study in Italy and Austria.

Mr. Coleman has performed leading and secondary baritone roles with the Atlanta Opera, Pensacola Opera, New Orleans Opera, Teatro di Verdi in Italy, Skylite Opera, Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera, North Carolina Symphony, Bellingham Festival and Milwaukee Symphony. His roles include: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus; Silvio in I Pagliacci; Valentin in Faust, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ping in Turandot, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Ford in Falstaff , Pizarro in Fidelio and others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as baritone soloist in Ein Deutches Requiem by Brahms and was featured at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall as baritone soloist in Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams. Other performances include Chanson Madecasses by Ravel with Musica da Camera in Atlanta; Eight Songs on text by Walt Whitman by Ned Rorem and “I remember long ago” from the Great Gatbsy by John Harbison, with the composers in attendance; Elijah and Carmina Burana with the Pensacola Symphony and Choral Society; premier performances of “Waltzing Through the Endtime” with the Atlanta Chamber Players, acclaimed as one of the top three 2005 classical performances in Atlanta; and Beethoven’s 9th with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he premiered “First Rain” by Nick Demos with the Aris Piano Quartet at the Dimitira International Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece and in 2010 premiered “An Empty Blouse” by Nick Demos which was released on Compact Disc in 2013 by Albany Records.

As a recitalist, Derrick Henry, critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution stated: “He grabbed one’s attention immediately with his imposing, resonate voice and his theatrical manner. What made his recital special was the ability to make a listener identify with the texts’ protagonists, to feel their joys and sorrows.”

As an award winning stage director, Mr. Coleman has directed over 75 operas. His professional credits include original language productions of: La Boh?me, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, L’Elisir d’Amore, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberfl?te, Highway I U.S.A., Impresario, Rigoletto, Suor Angelica, Falstaff, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Fidelio and Dialogues of the Carmelites. He has directed premier performances of eight contemporary operas: Workshop by Charles Knox and Robert Gay, Test Tube, Bronze Mirror, Benedicta, Angry Birdsong and Bluebeard’s Waiting Room by Milton Granger, Zabette by Curtis Bryant and the full production premier of the winning opera of the National Opera Association Opera Composition Competition, The Beautiful Bridegroom by Dan Shore, at the 2010 National Convention.

His awards include: Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Chicago, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year; Finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation competition in Italian Opera; winner of the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition for his production of The Saint of Bleecker Street, winner of the Pro Mozart Society competition to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria with Grace Bumbry and Kerstin Meyer, and a Bel Canto grant to study in Busseto, Italy with Carlo Bergonzi and Renata Tebaldi. At Georgia State University, he received the 2000 Torch of Peace Award for promotion of racial harmony, the 2005 Sparks Award, for dedication to service and the 2007 College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teacher Award. He was Director of the School of Music at Georgia State University from 2007 – 2013. He was awarded the Loridan’s Arts Medal from the Loridan’s Foundation in 2009 for his contributions to the Arts in Atlanta. He is on the advisory and executive boards of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts and Cultural Coalition, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and Digital Entertainment Entrepreneurship – Atlanta.

 

CHARIKLEIA GLAVOPOULOU

Soprano Charikleia Glavopoulou was born in Drama, Greece. She studied at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki under Varvara Tsampali and graduated with a First Class Solo Diploma. She has attended masterclasses and lessons with Costas Pashalis, Nikos Zahariou, Eleni Karouso, Gabriella Ravazzi, Gabriele Pisani, Sergio Magli, F.M. Carminatti, Czaba Vegvary, George Hadjinikos, Daphne Evaggelatou, Mirella Freni and Cheryl Studer.

She went on to study at postgraduate level in Genova, Italy, with Gabriella Ravazzi and later in Athens with Varvara Gavakou.

Her Italian debut was in the lead role of Silvia in Mascagni’s Zanetto at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto. In Italy, she gave vocal recitals in many cities and also toured with Gruppo Caronte. She also performed themed recitals with works by Greek composers at Teatro Carlo Felice Auditorium in Genova and at the Fiera Internazionale Di Milano.

In Greece she has collaborated with the Thessaloniki Municipal and State Orchestras, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Opera and other cultural institutions interpreting roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s Requiem, Menotti’s O Pulchritudo, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto. She has sung under the direction of distinguished maestros such as Loukas Karytinos, Nikos Athinaios, Dimitris Agrafiotis, Viron Fydetzis, Alkis Baltas and Luciano Di Martino.

Mrs Glavopoulou has performed in many music festivals around Greece as well as in solo and chamber music recitals. She performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto with the Aimilios Riadis Quartet at the Dimitria festival; she has also premiered works by Nicolaou with the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet at the Greek Composers Forum as part of the Dimitria festival. She interpreted the lead role of Margarita in the music-theatre show The story of Margarita…by Faust performing works by Schubert, Gounod, Verdi, Boito, Berlioz at the Centre for Drama Research. In 2013 she appeared at the Rhodes and Milos festivals and recently made a guest appearance at an Opera Gala homage to Verdi at the Tellogleio Cultural Centre.

She has been active as a singing teacher since 2000 and has worked at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Music College, National Conservatory and the Municipal Conservatories of Lamia, Drama and Kavala. Since 2012 she has been teaching at the Summer Academy organized by the Municipal Conservatories Network.

Her students have excelled in competitions and have participated by means of audition in masterclasses organized by the Thessaloniki and Athens Megaron as well as other institutions. They have collaborated as soloists with the Thessaloniki State and Municipal orchestras and have performed at the Thessaloniki Megaron amongst distinguished singers under conductors such as Nikos Athinaios, Carolos Trikolidis, Miltos Logiadis and Andreas Tselikas. They have performed at the Centre for Music, the Municipal Theatres of Mitilini, Corfou, Lefkada, the Vafopoulos Cultural Centre of Thessaloniki and the Veria Megaron. In December 2012 her students performed three lead roles at Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci at Aneton Municipal Theatre of Thessaloniki.

Mrs Glavopoulou is also a graduate of the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

 

PANAGIOTIS ADAM

He studied Drawing at Th. Papiotis School of Art, stage design at I.A.S., piano at National Conservatory of Greece and afterwards was apprenticed and worked next to the sculptor Tina Parali, specialized in Theatre Scultpure. At 1994 he started attending drama classes at “Karolos Koun Theatre of Art”, graduated at 1997.He studied the Alexander Technique with G. Matskaris (2009 -2014).

He has participated at productions such as : Euripides “Αlkistis” (Chorus),Ionesco “The killing Game” (Zil), director Lazanis , M. Gkatsos “A hat full of rain” (Johnny), M. Korre “Midas had the ears of a donkey” (Lakis), Aristophanes “Acharnes” (Euripides, Chorus) director A. Michopoulou, Αeschylus “ Prometheus Bound” (Kratos) director Kalavrouzos. He also participated in the short film “Let’s go again”(2005) and also created the sets and costumes, director D. Giamloglou.

Αs a sculptor he worked with the stage designers : G. Ziakas, G. Patsas, A. Dagklidis, E. Nathenas, L. Pezanou, A. Vettas and the painter A. Fasianos.

He directed the following performances:

Female Pact – L. Varaklioti |2016| Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

La Belle Helene – J.Offenbach | 2014-2015
Olvio Theatre / Piraeus Municipality Theatre / SAF / Aulaia Theatre

Dido and Aeneas – H.Purcell |2014-2015
15th International Music Seminar of Kozani / VAULT Theatre Plus / Victoria Theatre

After a Dream – stage composition based on folklore poetry |2013| Olvio Theatre

Glass Wells – performance installation |2010
A.Antoniou stage / Venizeleio Conservatory of Chania

The Trap – R. Tomas |2009 |Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

Fasoulides with the bat – F.G. Lorka |2008| Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

Myths and Tales – 2008 | Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

Madama Butterfly – G. Puccini |2006|in collaboration with P. Papageorgopoulos |Τroupe Kodikas

Frosty, The Snowman – W. A . Mozart |The Early Years, The strangest Tale I have ever heard, Christmas at our City, One Concert…One Fairytale, Christmas Night, Τribute to Odisseas Elytis. |2004 -1015|Municipality Theatre of Roumeli,

Eliza – Κ. Kalogeropoulou |1993| Municipality Theatre of Sikes

 

 DIMITRIS CHANDRAKIS

Born in Thessaloniki-Greece in 1965.

 Founder member of the New Hellenic Quartet, he studied the violin at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory under Kosmas Galileas and at the Vienna Music Academy under G. Pichler. He graduated in 1988.

He has appeared as a soloist with all major Greek orchestras.

From 1996 until 2003, he was konzertmeister of the Thessaloniki State Orchestra.

 His discography includes all string quartets by Nikos Skalkottas, Giorgos Sicilianos, Mikis Theodorakis, Filippos Tsalachouris as well as the early string quartets by Carl Nielsen and the main chamber music works for string quartet by O.Respighi .

 He has been teaching for 20 years at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory. In 2002 he was appointed as a full time professor for violin at the University “Makedonia” of Thessaloniki.

 

CHARA SIRA

Chara Sira, born in Athens-Greece, studied at the Hellenic Conservatory  under Sofia Pimenides and Stelios Kafandaris and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris under Jean Sulem and Bruno Pasquier. She was awarded a unanimous First Prize with a special distinction in viola in 1994, and went on to complete her training at the Bordeaux Conservatory under Tasso Adamopoulos.

 Member of the New Hellenic Quartet from 2001 to 2007, she has recorded works from Skalkotas, Respighi, Nielsen and Koshkin for BIS and has appeared in several chamber music festivals in Europe, the US and Asia.

 As a soloist she has appeared with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Camerata, the National Radio Orchestra and the “Orchestra of Colours”.

 A former principal violist of the National Radio Orchestra and the ‘Orchestra of Colours’ in Athens, she now holds the same position in the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.

 She has been teaching the viola for several years at the National Conservatory and the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki.

 She is a member of the “A. Riadis” quartet and the “DissonArt Ensemble”.

 

DIMITRIS PATRAS

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1960. At the age of 6 he attended the State Conservatory of Thessalonica where he studied the cello. In 1980, after he received his cello diploma with honors, he earned the scholarship of the german state DAAD and he continued his studies in the “Hochschüle für Musik und Theater” in Hanover, Germany in the class of prof. F.J.Sellheim. He received the diploma of the soloist class in 1986 with honors. The same year, he continued his postgraduate studies in the Vienna Music Academy with André Navarra.

Dimitris Patras has performed as a soloist with all the greek symphony orchestras, with the Hannover Chamber Orchestra, with the french chamber orchestra “Helios’ and he has made many cello and chamber music recitals in music festivals in Greece, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Switzerland and Great Britain. He has performed many works of contemporary greek composers, some of which were written especially for him. He has also recorded his performances for the greek, german, danish and french radio and television.

He has taught in numerous international music seminars in Greece and in southern France. From 1989 to 2003 he was the principal solo cellist of the Thessalonica State Symphony Orchestra. He is the cellist of the chamber ensemble “Trio Salonique”. He is cello professor at the University of Macedonia and teaches cello at the Thessalonica State Conservatory.

 

ΧΡΥΣΑ ΓΡΕΝΔΑ

Chrisa was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. At the age of 5, she took her first piano lessons. After obtaining her piano diploma (first prize for her diploma recital) she continued her studies at the Music Academy “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She also studied music theory, harmony and composition. She has participated in several master classes of outstanding piano teachers. In 1996 she won the 2nd prize for her performance in contemporary music at the “Hanns Eisler” competition in Berlin.

As a composer she has participated with her own compositions in concerts at the Athens Concert Hall and the State Opera in Berlin. Having a special interest in chamber music she has collaborated with many well-known musicians and has performed in Greece and other European countries (Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Sweden) at very important venues as: Cite de la musique Paris, Barbican Center London, Sage Gateshead Newcastle, Town Hall Birmingham.

From 2007 to 2011 she teached the piano at the Music Department of the Macedonia University in Thessaloniki. She was also piano assistant at the Summer Music Academy in Corfu and at “Ticino Musica” festival in Switzerland. Since 2014 she has been working as correpetitor/ vocal coach at the Lefkas Music Week.

 

GIANNIS TSANAKALIOTIS

Greek born pianist and vocal coach Yiannis Tsanakaliotis studied on a scholarship at the National Conservatoire of Athens with world renowned pianist Rita Vourtsi. He was awarded for his excellent performance and won First Prize for his Diploma recital and was given an Outstanding Performance Award as well as a monetary prize in memory of conductor Michalis Vourtsis.

Since his student days he has taken part in numerous competitions, with considerable distinction and has won a number of prizes. He has participated in several piano master-classes and has been taught by distinguished piano teachers and soloists such as G.Mounier, Duo Ganev, N.Petrov, P.B.Skoda, B.Ringeissen and others.

Chamber music makes up a great part of his engagements and he regularly performs as a member of the ‘Opus I’ piano trio. An accompanist and vocal coach of accomplishment, he has also performed with well-known singers throughout Greece and abroad (England,Germany,Holland,Denmark etc.)

Yiannis has given the world premiere performances of several works by Greek composers. He has performed as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Athens. He works in frequent basis with the Greek National Opera and Athens Concert Hall in opera productions, opera recitals. solo recitals, chamber music and educational programs. He teaches the piano at the ‘Musical Horizons’ conservatory.