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Greek tenor Christos Kechris balances 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 shape him into a pluralistic performer. Christos doesn’t hesitate to explore new theatrical trends of expression and acting techniques as well as to delve into stage innovation and experimental creativity.

education
Born in Athens in 1982, Christos first undertook classical training in music at the age of 9. He started with  classical guitar lessons at the National Conservatory of Athens, which he then mastered with Iakovos Kolanian and furthered at seminars with inspiring guitarists, such as the iconic Roland Dyens.

Attracted by the performing arts, he studied Drama and Theater at the National University of Athens whilst he simultaneously trained in classical singing 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. Amongst his teachers were Aris Christofellis, Christina Giannakopoulou, Angelo Simo and Spyros Sakkas. From 2011 until 2013 he worked as a resident artist at the Greek National Opera Studio in Athens.

He speaks English, French and German as well as his native Greek.

opera
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 has 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. During the season 2015-16 he was a residence soloist of the ensemble at Theater Passau, Landestheater Niederbayern and he recently performed Medoro in Switzerland in a new co-production of Orlando Paladino of the Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Fribourg.

contemporary
Christos’ dramatic abilities and musical skills allow him to tackle the demanding scores and aesthetics of the 20th century. He frequently performs scores of the standard avant-garde repertoire written by great composers. He has undertaken the roles of Orestes (Oresteia, Iannis Xenakis), Charlie (Mahagonny, Kurt Weill), Der Jasager (Der Jasager, Kurt Weill), Robert (Hin und zurück, P. Hindemith), Orestes (Pylades, G. Kouroupos), Cricket (“Z”, M. Borboudakis) and others. He collaborates on a regular basis with acclaimed composers performing world premieres and newly written compositions.

repertoire
Christos’ repertoire also includes song cycles of the romantic german period, french chansons and famous oratorios of the classical and baroque era. In addition, he recently had the pleasure to perform roles of the musical repertoire. 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.

orchestras
As soloist, he has worked with various notable orchestras in France (Nancy), Germany (Passau, Landshut, Celle, Amberg), Austria (Bleiburg), Switzerland (Lausanne, Bulle, Fribourg), Turkey (Istanbul), Slovenia (Brežice) and Croatia (Opatija), collaborating with organizations such as the Opéra national de Lorraine, Landestheater Niederbayern, Teatro Verdi Gorizia, Amberger Sinfonieorchester, Theater Celle, Jugendsymphonieorchester Leipzig, Purpur Orchestra, Seviqc Brežice Festival, Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Moreover, he collaborates with the biggest greek orchestras and houses such as Camerata-Armonia Atenea, Athens State Orchestra, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ergon Ensemble, Latinitas Nostra, 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.

upcoming
His future engagements include Janek in L. Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair, Monostatos in the renowned Deutsche Oper Berlin production of The Magic Flute, directed by Barrie Kosky-Paul Barritt (Concept “1927”), both staged at the Greek National Opera. Later this summer, he will appear as David in S. Sondheim’s Company at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival held at Herodes Atticus Theater.

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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. Darüber hinaus studierte Kechris klassische Gitarre bei lakovos Kolanian und Schauspiel an der Nationalen Universität Athen.

Oper
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), Medoro (Orlando Paladino), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail),  Polidoro (La finta semplice), Beppe (Pagliacci), L’ amante Conte Eugenio (L’ amante di Tutte – B. Galuppi), Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Tracolin (Le Toréador), Der Kater (Der gestiefelte Kater – César Cui), Remendado (Carmen), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Jaquino (Fidelio), Maestro di Ballo (Manon Lescaut), Jaquino (Fidelio), Barigoule (Cendrillon – P. Viardot).

Zeitgenössischer Musik
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), Cricket (“Z”, M. Borboudakis) und arbeitet regelmäßig mit renommierten griechischen Komponisten zusammen.

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

Orchester
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.

Demnächst
Künftige Projekte umfassen unter anderem die Rolle des Janet in Die Sache Makropulos, des Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte (Regie: Barrie Kosky-Paul Barritt) und des David in S.Sondheims Company am Theater des Herodes Atticus an den Festival Athen.

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