Ioanna Karvelas

Dramatic Soprano

Ioanna Karvelas, Greek-American dramatic soprano, studied Voice in New York under Conrad Osborne and at the National Conservatory of Athens in Greece under Antony Kalaitzakis, a tenor and student of the famous tenor Nino Piccaluga.(A contemporary of Martinelli, he was often chosen by Toscanini to open the season of La Scala.) dramatic soprano, opera singers, opera singers in Greece,Ioanna Sfekas-Karvelas, Manolis Kalomiris, the Mothers Ring, Conrad Osborne,Greece's Operatic performers 
Urged by Krino Kalomiris, director of the Athens Conservatory and daughter of the National Composer of Greece Manolis Kalomiris, to record her interpretation of the role of the mother in Manolis Kalomiris's opera THE MOTHERS RING, she appears in this role in the first Greek Opera ever recorded with the Sofia Philharmonic and the Obretenov Chorus.
She has since become an ambassador of Greek Classical Music always performing along with her theater engagements a wealth of compositions beginning with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York as well as in Germany, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria and the Ukraine.

She specializes in the dramatic roles of Verdi, such as Lady Macbeth, Abigaille, Elisabetta, Leonora in Trovatore and Forza, Puccini's Turandot and Tosca, and the Wagnerian heroines Sieglinde and Ortrund.

She has appeared at the Athens Lyric Theatre, The Athens Festival, The Heraklion Crete Festival, and the Samos Festival. She has recorded the role of Lady Macbeth in Verd's Macbeth with the Polish National Radio Orchestra.

Recently she has expanded her repertoire to include the role of Elektra in R. Strauss's Elektra, which she has studied with Maestro David Aronson of the Vienna Staatsoper. 

Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon has hired Mrs Karvelas for a series of masterclasses. The big public official one is on April 16 and the concert in which she will perform Kalomiris's The Magic Herbs a song cycle for voice and orchestra (here it will be with piano and voice)  is scheduled for April 19th at the Agnes Flannagan Concert Hall.  At that concert she will also be presenting excerpts from the opera Orietta di Lesbo by Verdi for the first time since 1845.  The World Premier Revival of this work in its entirety is projected for the Fall of 2005 or the first months of 2006 with the Oregon Symphony and College Choruses and Ioanna in the lead role of Orietta, a Lesbiot Joan of Arc figure who saved the castle of Mytilene from the Turks (Ottoman Empire) around 1450, donned male armor and inspired the Lesbiots to fight and win. If you are within striking distance of Portland please come. For more information e-mail

See also Aria Code: Opera singer's heart and soul reflect her Greek musical roots
By Donald Munro
The Fresno Bee

Contact Info:
Ioanna Karvelas
Vatoussa, Lesvos
tel/fax (01130) 22530-51261 or 22510-42733

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