February 25, 2021

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Obituary: Greek National Opera Director Vassilis Nikolaidis Dies at 67

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Vassilis Nikolaidis has died at the age of 67.

Born in Athens, Nikolaidis went on to research archeology at the University of Athens and theatrology in Paris, with a specialization in opera.

He began his directing occupation in 1985 and started off doing work with the Greek Countrywide Opera in 1991 at the Athens Concert Corridor in 1992 and with the National Theatre in 2000. Between the operas he directed have been “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “O vaftistikos,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “Anna Bolena,” “Il Trovatore,” “Carmen,” “Nabucco,” John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera,” and Argyris Kounadis’s “The Return.” In addition to directing, he also served on the board of directors of the Greek Countrywide Opera.

He also had an lively career in other significant Greek theaters which include Porta, Artwork Theatre, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Amore, and Thessalian Theatre, and with the Athens Pageant and the Municipal Regional Theatres of a variety of metropolitan areas close to Greece.

Outside the house of his directing vocation, Nikolaidis wrote a ebook entitled “Maria Callas: The Transformations of an Art” and labored as a producer of radio displays. He also taught acting to younger singers at the Athenaeum conservatory and the Filippos Nakas Conservatory.

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