Michael Richard Seibel born in Germany lives and works the last 24 years in Greece. He studied Music and Theatre (Saarland University – University of Music and Drama Saarbrücken). Scholarship Foundation Richard Wagner.
MA of Arts in directing theatre and opera at Middlesex University London.
PhD candidate at University of Hildesheim, Germany.
He directed theatre and opera performances in Germany and Greece such as (National Theatre of Athens, Opera and Concert Hall Thessaloniki, Opera and Concert Hall Komotini, Municipal and Regional Theatre of Patras, Saarbrücken, Freiburg, Wiesbaden etc.)
He was awarded with international theatre awards (such as "Best Directing" at the international Theatre Festival for experimental in Cairo 2000 / “ Award of the University of Brno" at the Festival "Encounter" for Drama Schools in Brno in Czech Republic 1999)
He was Artistic Director of theatre groups, theatre programs and festivals (such as Artistic Director at Theatre Festival "NauwieserTheaterFest" in Saarbrücken, Germany 1994-96 / Artistic Director for the theatrical program at Film Festival "Max Ophüls" in Saarbrücken, Germany 1995). Research and publications particularly in the fields of acting, improvisation and voice training (such as Phenomenology of theatre and theatre character, the improvisation process, the inner improvisation, Theatre and Focusing - a double process , Newsletter "Staying in Focus", International Focusing Institut NY 2003.) Lectures at universities and conferences (such as "Greek theater and its manifestations in different cultures" at Symposium for Experimental Theatre in Cairo 2003 / “The director's approach of characteristic scenes of the tragedy "Agamemnon” by Aeschylus and “Ajax” by Sophocles, Democritus University of Thrace, 2011-2013 / "Greek theatre" at Penn State University USA, 2011) He teaches Drama, Improvisation and Voice since 1996 in Drama Schools, seminars and workshops. Since 2015 he is Artistic Director of the Opera Department at Municipal and Regional Theatre of Patras.
Faidra Giannelou was born in Athens. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in the major of “Orchestral Conducting” at the Music Department of Ionian University under Prof. Miltos Logiadis. In January 2012, she was admitted as a Ph.D. candidate.
She has collaborated with orchestras in USA, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Cyprus and she has attended numerous master classes with well-known conductors.
She has conducted the Athens State Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra (E.R.T.), the Orchestra of Colors, the Municipality Symphony Orchestra and Kyklos Ensemble.
In October 2013 she won the second prize (lack of first) at the International Competition for Young Conductors “Solon Michaelides” organized by Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and in August 2017 she performed with Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra, as a co-director, in Odeon Herodus Atticus during the Athens Festival.
She is working also as a choir conductor and as piano-accompanist and correpetitor in several opera productions.
Elena Fedko was born in Odessa, Ukraine.For the last five years she has been living and working in the city of Patras. She studied classical piano, summary support methods, cover class (concert master) and chamber music ensemble at the State University of Odessa Music Academy, where she passed state examinations with honors.
She participated in events as a soloist in different cities of Ukraine and abroad including the music hall Sviatoy Andrey in Scotland. She worked as a music concert master teacher of classical piano accompanying opera singers in the state academy (Academy) of Odessa. Moreover, she performed as a pianist collaborating with several artists in the Roman Odeon of Patras and took part in many concert presentations at the Municipal Theater Apollon Patras, Thessaloniki and Kefalonia. Her repertoire includes a wide range of works for piano: Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin. Since 2015 she collaborates with the Municipal Regional Theater of Patras in the field of vocal coaching of opera singers.
Timos Gennatos was born in Patras, Greece. He graduated from “Philippos Nakas” Conservatory in Athens (Piano Diploma, prof. Alexandra Papastefanou) and from “Orfeion” Conservatory in Athens (Composition, prof. Joseph Papadatos).
He has also studied piano at postgraduate level with Valery Sagaidatchny, George Hatzinikos and Andre Marchand (Stuttgart, Germany). He studied at the “Robert Cannetti” Academy in Lisbon and he holds a degree in “Studies in European Culture” from Hellenic Open University and he is a Msc candidate in “Cultural Management” from Hellenic Open University.
He is active both as a pianist giving numerous concerts in Greece and as a composer. His works have been performed in Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), in Patras University Cultural Center and he has worked with conductors like Saulius Sondeckis and Theodore Antoniou and with the director Michael Seibel.
She was born in Patras. Her music qualifications include diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Singing. She is currently studying for a Master’s in choral conducting at the music department of Ionian University. She has studied piano, advanced theoretical music, Baroque chamber music. She also has a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Patras.
Lina has attended many seminars such as the “Lied, Oratorio, Opera” Seminar with Rudolf Knoll, professor in Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Zoltan Kodály seminar in Hungary, masterclass in Baroque singing with Romina Basso, singing masterclass with Peter Svensson, “Acting in the Opera” with Carmen Jacobi among others. She has attended a two-year program in Lyric Theater in Municipal & Regional Theater of Patras.
She has participated in many concerts as a choral and solo singer in her hometown and in Athens, Syros, Palermo, New York and elsewhere, as well as in the operas “Cosi Fan Tutte”, “Cenerentola”, “Dido & Aeneas”, and the operetta “Sataneri”. She has prepared the choir for the concerts / productions of “Mozart Mania”, “Sataneri” and “Dido and Aeneas”.
She teaches advanced theoretical music, singing and junior music courses in local conservatories. Since 2010 she is the Artistic Director and conductor of Patras University Choir and Instrumental Ensemble.
Sofia Kamayianni has worked as a composer with many of the leading ensembles in Greece and beyond (Kreutzer Quartet, Athens Camerata, City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, Greek National Radio Contemporary Music Orchestra, Rosarte choir, L’ Anima, Krousis Percussion Ensemble etc.) as well as with a wide range of different soloists.
She has also composed theatre music, songs, short film music and music for video art and art installations. She worked with director N. Kontouri, composing music for the Aeschylean tragedies “Persians” (State Theatre of Northern Greece, 2014) and “Agamemnon” (Kozani Municipal Theatre, 2013). Her music, both acoustic and electroacoustic, has been performed in Greece, England, Italy, Holland and USA. She often uses computer-manipulated sound in combination with acoustic instruments and has a special interest in the creation of multimedia works. She has also worked with many different ensembles as a pianist and orchestrator, playing in festivals, theatres and music venues. From 1992 to 2000 she was a member and orchestrator of the Plucked Strings Orchestra, Municipality of Patras. She has taught adult seminars in music expression, rhythm and improvisation. She has also worked with the Onassis Cultural Centre in the design, organization and delivery of outreach workshops, specifically leading the educational programs “Tracing 20th century music” with the Athens Camerata (2011-2013), and “Reading the 20th century stave” with the Artefacts Ensemble (2014-15). Prior to this, she presented the educational program of the ERT Music Ensembles (2005-2009). Since 2013, she has been teaching composition in the postgraduate program of the C.Orff Schoolwork studies at the Moraitis School, Athens.
Vasilis Lazaris obtained the piano diploma from the class of Rona Zorba with first prize and gold medal in Patras. He attended the class of Fausto Zadra – Carlo Zecchi at the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. He went on studying with Maria Chairogeorgou - Sigara, Lilja Boyatzieva and Alexandra Papastefanou.
He made his debut as a soloist in Patras at the age of sixteen. He was awarded the bronze medal in the National and Pancyprian Competition "Musical Horizons" in Chania. He has performed in Greece. His repertory includes a wide range of piano works of all eras. He has collaborated with musicians and singers. For over twenty years he worked as a ballet accompanist at professional dance schools in Greece including the State School of Dance and at Harvard University School of Dance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through this experience he came into contact with world class dancers and teachers. His parallel activity as an architect never posed an obstacle to his music commitments.
Εleni Liona was born in Kozani in 1961. She began her studies at the 'New Conservatory of Thessaloniki' with Barabra Tsampali, from which she graduated with honors. She attended opera masterclasses in Greece, Italy and Austria with Kostas Paschalis, Vassilis Nikolaidis, Eleni Carousso, Anna Tomova-Sintov, Daphne Evaggelatou, Antonis Kontogeorgiou, Gabriella Ravazzi.
She made her debut as Oreste in J. Offenbach's "La Belle Helene" in Thessaloniki. Appearances in Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" (Cherubino) and H. Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (Dido) followed. She began her collaboration with the Greek National Opera in 1995 starring in many opera productions: "Eugene Onegin" (Olga), "Carmen" (Carmen), "The Tales of Hoffman" (Giulietta),"The Magic Flute" (3rd Dame),"Il Tabarro"(Frugola),"La vie parisienne"(Metela),"Die Fledermaus" (Orlofsky), "Gioconda"(Laura) and more. She also collaborated with the Athens Music Hall and the Thessaloniki Music Hall in opera productions (Cavaleria Rusticana, Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Melodenia Politia, The return of Eleni, Die Frau ohne Schatten κ.ά.). She has participated as a soloist in concerts with the Athens and Thessaloniki National Orchestras, the "Orchestra ton Chromaton" and the Thessaloniki Municipal Orchestra . She presented many recitals in Greece and abroad and has also recorded greek operas, P. Carrer's "Kira Frosini" and "Despo" and Τh. Mikroutsikos's "The return of Eleni". For the past 2 years, she starred in "Dido & Aeneas" (Dido) and "La Belle Helene" (Helene) as a founding member of independent opera production companies in Athens. She has taught summer masterclasses in Leukada and Kozani and she teaches classical singing at the "National Conservatory of Athens" and Conservatory "Anagennisi".
Nikos Lyberatos graduated from Roehampton University- BA Dance Performance, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens- BA Physical Education and Athletics, and Akis Davis Drama School.
As a scholar of Fulbright Foundation, he studied in New York, in Trisha Brown dance company studio, Movement Research, Dancespace Center, Laban Bartenieff Institute, Siti theater company and certified as yoga and Pilates teacher.
With renowned teachers, he studied release techniques, improvisation, partnering, composition, contact improvisation, dramaturgy, Axis Syllabus, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Body mind centering, Thai yoga massage and meditation techniques, as well as acting and voice production.
As a dancer, he collaborated with various dance companies and choreographers such as M.Tsouti, M.Aggelou, A.Gyra, T.Loverdou, and with the internationals festivals of Athens, Patras, Thessaloniki, and Biennale of Italy.
As a choreographer he presented his work in Greek Choreographers Association Festival, Patras International Festival, Patras Cultural Capital of Europe 2006, Delphi Ancient Drama Festival and he choreographed for the Municipal and Regional Theater Patras, and for theater companies.
As an actor he worked with the directors C.Strepkos and A.Papageorgiou. He has experience as movement therapist, through somatics and bodywork techniques.
His experience in teaching movement and dance spreads in various practices and places, from public education to workshops for theatre and dance, and from children to elders. The last years his work researches the kinesthetic awareness, and is mostly influenced by Axis Syllabus and Feldenkrais methods.
He obtained his piano diploma with distinction in the class of Alexandra Papastefanou. Studied in Liszt Academy with Gabor Rudas and Eniko Lote and in Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Georgy Schroeder. Some of his teachers were Martino Tirimo, Evaggelos Sarafianos, Andre Marchand, Bernard Ringeissen, Tasos Papas, Rona Zorba
He obtained his degree in Harmony in the class of Maria Filippaki. He has played with musicians ( violin, Cello, flute, trombone, percussion instruments) in concerts in Greece and abroad. He has worked with soloists and with “Polytropo” music group performing in Greek festivals. He has given piano recitals. He has for a long time worked as a pianist in dance schools such as Greek National School of Dance.
Georgios Tsomis was born in Aigion (Achaia Greece). He completed his undergraduate studies at the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Classics. He took his doctorate in the Department of Classics at the J. W. Goethe University of Frankfurt. His thesis was on the poetry of Alcaeus, Sappho and Anacreon.
His habilitation treatise at the University of J.W. Goethe in Frankfurt was on Quintus of Smyrna (3nd century A.D.). He has taught Ancient Greek and Latin Literature and worked as a research fellow at the University of J. W. Goethe in Frankfurt. His research interests include Early Greek Poetry (Epos and Lyric Poetry), Ancient Drama, Latin Historiography (Sallustius), Roman Love Elegy (Propertius, Ovidius) and the Reception of the Antiquity in the Opera and in the modern European and American Literature. He is Associate Professor at the Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Greek. Parallel to his studies in Classics he also studied Music Theory and Musicology in Greece (Patraikon Odeion) and in Germany at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt. As musicologist and philologist collaborated with German Opera-Houses in the section of Dramaturgy. He also worked as a scientific advisor of the Music-Megaron in Komotini within the scope of Music Appeciation and audience development strategy (reaching new audiences, growing the audience size and increasing engagement). He is the author of the educational theatrical performance “The children get acquainted with the Music-Megaron” directed by Michael Seibel (Komotini / Greece, 2012).