BIOGRAPHY

Alexandros Stavrakakis

Greek bass Alexandros Stavrakakis is the First Prize Winner of the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and is a regular guest at Semperoper Dresden, where his roles this season include Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Filippo II (Don Carlo) and Colline (La bohème) amongst others. This season he will give his debut at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris and will return to Bayerische Staatsoper, Schloss Elmau and the Semperoper.

In seasons past, Alexandros marked his house debuts at Metropolitan Opera, New York, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, opera national de Bordeaux, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Verbier Festival and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Future seasons will see his return to Semperoper Dresden and Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as house debuts at Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Houston Grand Opera and L’Opéra national de Paris.

As a soloist, Alexandros has appeared in opera productions of the Greek National Opera and the Megaron Athens Concert Hall, worked in numerous radio broadcasts and recitals in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Syros (Apollo Theater), Corfu, Kefalonia, Delphi, Dresden, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Kaiserslautern, Landau, Bad Elster, Istanbul, collaborating with orchestras such as the Greek Symphony Orchestra of ERT, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Deutsche Philarmonie Orchester SWR, Staatskapelle Dresden,

He collaborated with conductors including Christian Thielemann, Ivan Repušić, Omer Meir Wellber, John Fiore, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Nikolaj Znaider, Jonathan Darlington, Daniele Rustioni, Joana Mallwitz, Marco Armiliato, Antonello Manacorda and Mark Wigglesworth. Notable stage directors include Damiano Michiletto, Christof Loy, David Mc Vicar, Katharina Thalbach, Andreas Homoki, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Grischa Asagaroff and Dmitry Bertman.

Alexandros’ recital programmes range from Schubert, Brahms, and Schumann to Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

He began his musical education at an early age receiving piano lessons from his mother. At the age of eight, he became a member of the Children's Choir of ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation). Two years later he joined the ''Manolis Kalomiris Children Choir'' of the National Conservatory, which allowed him to participate in numerous opera productions of the Greek National Opera. In 2014, he graduated with honours and special prize and in the same year he was awarded the Maria Callas Scholarship.

In addition to his victory at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Alexandros won the 3rd Wagner International Competition in Leipzig and is a winner of the Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition (Riga, 2018).