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Tassis Christoyannis

Tassis Christoyannis, who was born in Athens, started to learn the piano at the age of nine. When he was admitted to the city’s conservatory at the age of seventeen, he studied singing, conducting and composition. In 1993 he went to Cremona to study the important baritone roles of operatic history with the legendary baritone, Aldo Protti. In 1994 he won the Aldo Protti Gold Medal, and in 1995 he received a recommendation at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Opera. The roles he earned considerable success with while on the company of the Athens Opera House between 1995–1999 included Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Ernani in Don Carlo, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Gugliemo in Cosi fan tutte. From 2000, as principal baritone of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, he had a chance to sing almost all major roles of his vocal range. In addition to Düsseldorf, he has performed in several of the great opera houses of Western Europe and the United States. He is frequently featured at the staged concerts of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer.