Greek tenor Christos Kechris balances equally through the lyric repertoire and the Spieltenor repertoire, as well as the very demanding compositions of contemporary music. His musical skills make him a reliable musician and his theatrical education point out a pluralistic performer. Christos doesn’t hesitate to explore new theatrical trends of expression and acting techniques, stage innovation and experimental creativity.

Born in Athens in 1982, Christos first approached classical music at the age of 9 when he started taking classical guitar lessons at the National Conservatory of Athens. Attracted by the performing arts he entered the Faculty of Drama and Theater at the National University of Athens and at the same time he started taking classical singing lessons with the renowned Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis. After graduating from the conservatory (Panos Dimas’ class) he attended masterclasses and courses held by acclaimed artists such as José Cura, Francisco Araiza, Ton Koopman, Dunja Vejzović , Jannette Pilou and Jane Henschel. He has also worked repeatedly with Aris Christofellis, Christina Giannakopoulou, Angelo Simo and Spyros Sakkas. The seasons 2011-2013 he has been resident artist of the Greek National Opera Studio in Athens. He has also studied classical guitar with professor Iakovos Kolanian and he attended repeatedly (2000-’04) seminars by the great master of guitar, Roland Dyens.

Still student at the conservatory, he made his opera debut singing the leading role in G. Vassilandonakis’ contemporary opera “Dance with me” which world premiered in 2007 at the Greek National Opera. Since then he had frequent engagements at the Greek National Opera, performing leading roles and contemporary operas. He specializes at the lyric repertoire as well as the repertoire of the character tenor (buffo) and Spieltenor. He has performed Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Polidoro (La finta semplice), Conte Eugenio (L’ amante di tutte), Beppe (Pagliacci), Danillo (Die Lustige Witwe), Hirte & Seemann (Tristan und Isolde), Barigoule (Cendrillon), Tanzmeister (Ariadne of Naxos), Tracolin (Le Toréador), Jaquino (Fidelio), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Remendado (Carmen) and many more. He made his debut in Germany in 2013 as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus den Serail at Theater Celle and in 2014 he debuted in Italy as Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Teatro Verdi Gorizia. The season 2015-16 he is a residence soloist of the ensemble at Theater Passau, Landestheater Niederbayern and recently he performed again Medoro in Switzerland in a new co-production of Orlando Paladino of the Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Fribourg.

Christos’ dramatic abilities and musical skills make him well placed to tackle the demanding scores and aesthetics of 20th century. Besides his opera debut, Christos very often studied scores of the standard avant-garde repertoire written by great composers. He has performed Orestes (Oresteia, Iannis Xenakis), Charlie (Mahagonny, Kurt Weill), Der Jasager (Der Jasager, Kurt Weill), Robert (Hin und zurück, P. Hindemith), Orestes (Pylades, G. Kouroupos) and other. He collaborates in a regular basis with acclaimed greek composers performing world premieres and newly written compositions.

Christos’ repertoire also includes song cycles of the romantic german repertoire, french chansons and famous oratorios of the classical and baroque era. In the framework of his interest to the greek music theater, he performs as well various roles of the greek operetta repertoire receiving evenly excellent reviews.

As soloist, he has sung in concerts in France (Nancy), Germany (Passau, Landshut, Celle, Amberg), Austria (Bleiburg), Switzerland (Lausanne, Bulle, Fribourg), Turkey (Istanbul), Slovenia (Brežice), Croatia (Opatija) cooperating with Opéra national de Lorraine, Landestheater Niederbayern, Teatro Verdi Gorizia, Amberger Sinfonieorchester, Theater Celle, Jugendsymphonieorchester Leipzig, Purpur Orchestra, Seviqc Brežice Festival, Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with the biggest greek orchestras and houses such as Camerata-Armonia Atenea, Athens State Orchestra, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Athens City Symphony Orchestra, Greek National Opera, Greek National Theater, Greek Composers Union, Athens Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre and Megaron Music Hall of Athens and Thessaloniki.

His future engagements include among other Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Greek National Opera staged by Hugo de Ana, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Flee Street at Athens Megaron Concert Hall within the framework of the Athens Festival, a Liederabend in J. Brahms’ song cycles at the Greek National Opera and more.

Der griechische Tenor Christos Kechris balanciert spielend zwischen dem lyrischen Repertoire und dem Spieltenor-Repertoire, sowie den sehr anspruchsvollen Kompositionen zeitgenössischer Musik. Er wurde in Athen geboren und studierte Gesang bei Kostas Paschalis und Panayiotis Dimas. Er besuchte Kurse und Meisterklassen bei angesehenen Künstlern wie José Cura (Opéra National de Lorraine), Francisco Araiza und Dunja Vejzović (Staatliche Musikhochschule, Stuttgart), Ton Koopman, Jeanette Pilou und Jane Henschel. Er arbeitete auch wiederholt mit Aris Christofellis, Christina Giannakopoulou, Angelo Simo und Spyros Sakkas. Von 2011 bis 2013 war er Mitglied des Opernstudios der Nationaloper Athen.

Sein Debüt auf der Opernbühne gab Kechris in G. Vassilandonakis zeitgenössischer Oper Dance with Me, die 2007 an der Griechischen Nationaloper Weltpremiere feierte. Seitdem sang er unter anderem die Rollen Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino und Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Polidoro (La finta semplice), Beppe (Pagliacci), L’ amante Conte Eugenio (L’ amante di Tutte – B. Galuppi), Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Der Kater (Der gestiefelte Kater – César Cui), Remendado (Carmen), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Maestro di Ballo (Manon Lescaut), Jaquino (Fidelio), Barigoule (Cendrillon – P. Viardot). Sein Debüt in Deutschland hatte er mit Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail am Theater Celle 2013, in Italien mit Medoro in Haydns Orlando Paladino am Teatro Verdi Gorizia 2014. 

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Außerdem übernahm er Rollen aus dem Avantgarde-Repertoire als Orestes (Oresteia, Iannis Xenakis), Charlie (Mahagonny Songspiel, Kurt Weill), Der Jasager (Der Jasager, Kurt Weill), Robert (Hin und zurück, P. Hindemith), Orestes (Pylades, G. Kouroupos) und arbeitet regelmäßig mit renommierten griechischen Komponisten zusammen.

Das Repertoire von Christos Kechris beinhaltet auch Liederzyklen der deutschen Romantik, französische Chansons, berühmte klassische und barocke Oratorien und verschiedene Hauptrollen in griechischen Operetten.

Als Solist gab er Konzerte in Frankreich (Nancy), Deutschland (Amberg), Österreich (Bleiburg), Türkei (Istanbul), Slowenien (Brežice), Kroatien (Opatija) und kooperierte unter anderem mit der Opéra national de Lorraine, dem Teatro Verdi Gorizia, dem Amberger Sinfonieorchester, dem Theater Celle, dem Jugendsymphonieorchester Leipzig, dem Purpur Orchester, dem Seviqc Brežice Festival, dem Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchester und großen griechischen Orchestern und Häusern wie dem Camerata-Armonia Atenea, dem Athener Staatsorchester, dem Griechischen Rundfunkorchester, dem Symphonieorchester der Stadt Athen, der Griechischen Nationaloper, dem Nationaltheater Athen, dem Griechischen Komponistenverband, dem Athener Festival, dem Onassis Kulturzentrum und der Konzerthalle Megaron in Athen und Thessaloniki.
Darüber hinaus studierte Kechris klassische Gitarre bei lakovos Kolanian und Schauspiel an der Nationalen Universität Athen.

Künftige Projekte umfassen unter anderem die Rolle des Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail und des Seemanns in Tristan und Isolde am Landestheater Niederbayern, Deutschland und des Medoro in Joseph Haydns Orlando Paladino an den Opernhäusern von Fribourg, Lausanne und Bulle.



Z – M. Borboudakis

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