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Crystallia Spileou – soprano

Acclaimed by the Houston Chronicle as “the Callas for this generation”, Greek soprano Crystallia Spileou is gaining recognition not only for the torrid coloring of her extraordinary voice, but also for a Mediterranean generosity of expression tempered by her innate understanding of classical restraint. Having begun her stage career as an actress, Ms. Spileou brings an innately theatrical perspective to her work, moving Greek stage director Xenon Zannetos to describe her as a “force of nature”. Her impressively dexterous coloratura, coupled with her dark, luscious and instantly recognizable color, make her vocally unforgettable in both the bigger bel canto and verismo repertoire.

Recent engagements include the role of Leonora in Verdi´s Il Trovatore (cover) at the Yerevan Opera Theatre and the role of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly (cover) at the Teatro Giulia di Barolo and the Teatro Castelfranco Veneto, as well as a New York City recital with arias and duets from Bellini´s Norma (Norma) and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and the soprano soloist in Verdi´s Messa da Requiem at the Batumi Art Center.

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include Giorgetta in Puccini´s Il Tabarro and Cio-Cio-San in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly and a Belcanto Scenes Concert at the Circolo Lirico della Scranna di Forlì.  Other roles include Antonia in Les Contes d´Hoffmann with Einspringen Oper Berlin in Berlin, Germany, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimi in La Bohème with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX, Susannah (cover) in Floyd´s Susannah and Donna Elvira (cover) in Don Giovanni with Opera Columbus. Opera Columbus.

She has sung with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and also at the Greek National Opera with renowned baritone John Modenos. Ms. Spileou was the Soloist in the recital “On a Theme of Loss” that was presented at Weil Recital Hall in New York´s Carnegie Hall. During her years as an actress, she collaborated extensively with Greek composer Giorgos Tsagkaris, who composed music particularly for her voice.

Ms. Spileou was a Finalist at the Concorso Lirico Internazionale Voci Verdiane “Città di Busseto”, the Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Cantanti Lirici “Spiros Argiris” and the Concorso Lirico Spazio Musica in Italy. She was the First Prizewinner of the Costas Constantinedes Scholarship Awards that are given to Greek singers starting a career abroad.