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The Greek tenor Vassilis Kavayas was born in 1986 in Athens. He studied Composition at the Department Of Music Studies of the Ionian University and Singing at the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata  with Christina Yannakopoulou. In 2011 he graduated from his master studies in Opera with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Alexander S.Onassis and State Scholarships’ Foundation Scholarships.) He currently studies with Aris Christofellis.

He has attended Opera and Lied masterclasses with Kostas Paskalis, Aris Christofellis, Kurt Equiluz, Marina Krilovic, Daphne Evangelatos and Angelika Kirchschlager.

In 2008 debuted as Edoardo in La cambiale di matrimonio at Municipal Theater of Corfu. He also performed the roles Conte Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Greek National Opera and at Kammeroper Würzburg, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Landestheater Salzburg, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in Cyprus, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Mozarteum, Bad Reichenhall, Sibiu in Romania, Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto at Mozarteum, Evandre in Alceste at Megaron in Athens and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at Greek National Opera.

In 2012 he performed the role of  Porsenna in the first world revival of the Gluck's Il trionfo di Clelia at Megaron in Athens, at Linbury Studio in London and in 2013 at Teatro Comunale in Bologna, he debuted in Adina (Selimo) and Semiramide (Mitrane) by Rossini at Festival Rossini in Wildbad. In 2012 he made his first recording with the role of Porsenna in Gluck's Il trionfo di Clelia by MDG with Armonia Atenea (first world recording).

2013: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte) – Heidelberg; Il trionfo di Clelia – Teatro Comunale in Bologna; Il Viaggio a Reims (Conte di Libenskof) - ROF, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) – Athens.

2014: Il Viaggio a Reims (Conte di Libenskof) – Lisbon; Siroe (Cosroe) Athens; Armida - ROF, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; debut of Ferrando in Così fan tutte - Athens.

2015: Leonato in Alessandro by Haendel at BOZAR in Brussels; Abramo in Isacco by Jommelli conducted by Fasolis at Krakow Festival; Stabat Mater by Haydn in Athens; Carmina Burana in Germany; debut of Bertrando in L'inganno felice at ROF, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Die Zauberflöte  (Tamino) in Athens.

2016: Don Ramiro in La cenerentola at State Opera in Prague and at Teatro Verdi in Trieste.

2016/17: La cenerentola in Prague; Die Zauberflöte  and Il barbiere di Siviglia in Trieste.

His repertoire includes: Mozart’s  Coronation Mass and Missa solemnis in C minor, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Bach’s WeihnachtsoratoriumMagnificat, Cantatas No.4, 6, 148, 159, 201 and 213, Haendel's La Resurrezione, Haydn's Die Schöpfung and Stabat Mater, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Rossini's Stabat Mater.

 

In 2012 made his first recording with the role of Porsenna in Gluck's Il trionfo di Clelia by MDG with Armonia Atenea (First World Recording).

 

REPERTOIRE

Debuted roles

G.ROSSINI: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte d'Almaviva)

La Cenerentola (Ramiro)

La cambiale di matrimonio (Edoardo)

D.CIMAROSA: Il matrimonio segreto (Paolino)

J.WEIGL: Il Sacrifizio (Silvio)

W.A.MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte)

Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

C.W.GLUCK: Il trionfo di Clelia (Porsenna)

Alceste (Evandre)

R.STRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos (Brighella)

 

Studied roles

G.F. HÄNDEL: Semele (Jupiter)

Alcina (Oronte)

C.W. GLUCK:  Orphée et Eurydice (Orphée)

W.A. MOZART:  Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)

Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)

G. ROSSINI:  La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro)

L' Italiana in Algeri (Lindoro)

Il Signor Bruschino (Florville)

Semiramide (Idreno)

G. DONIZETTI:  L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino)

Don Pasquale (Ernesto)

La Fille du Regiment (Tonio)

V. BELLINI:  I Puritani (Arturo)

La Sonnambula (Elvino)

G. VERDI:  Falstaff (Fenton)

G. BIZET:  Les pecheurs des perles (Nadir)

E. LALO:   Le Roi d'Ys: Vainement ma bien aimée (Aubade)

B. BRITTEN:  A Midsummer night's dream (Flute)

R. LEONCAVALLO: I pagliacci (Arlecchino)

 

Oratorios

W.A. MOZART: Coronation Mass

G.ROSSINI: Stabat Mater

F.SCHUBERT:  Messe in G

J.S.BACH: Kantate Nr. 4, 6, 201, 213

G.F.HAENDEL: La Resurrezione

G.GABRIELLI: In Ecclesiis

F.MENDELSSOHN: Elias: Dann werden  die Gerechten leuchten

Lobgesang: Saget es...Er zählet unsre Tränen

J.HAYDN: Die Schöpfung: Und Gott schuf den Menschen…Mit würd und Hoheit

G.F.HAENDEL: Messiah: Comfort ye my people

 

VASSILIS KAVAYAS

Tenor

 

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