Aris Argiris

Baritone

Internationally-acclaimed Greek baritone Aris Argiris is one of the leading singers in front of the opera and concert public today. He has worked with conductors such as: Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Christian Thielemann, Yakov Kreizberg, Gustav Kuhn, Donato Renzetti, Manfred Honeck, Walter Attanasi, Graeme Jenkins, Carlo Franci, Antonello Allemandi, Patrick Lange and Carlo Rizzi.

Aris Argiris returns to the Semperoper in Dresden in 2016-17 as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and to La Monnaie in Brussels as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. He then sings Paolo in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegraat Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Der Herrscher in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane in concert at Theater Freiburg. He started the 2015-16 season singing Belcore in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore at La Monnaie, followed by Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Israel Philharmonic on tour at Athens’ Megaron Concert Hall under Zubin Mehta. He had a celebrated house debut as Iago in Verdi’s Otello at Opéra de Montreal. He could also be heard as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen both at Staatsoper Hamburg, as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Semperoper, and as Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In summer 2016 he also sang Amonasro with the Greek National Opera in performances at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theatre as part of the Athens Festival and Orest in a concert performance of Gluck’s Iphigenie auf Tauris in the version by Richard Strauss at the Internationale Gluck Opern-Festspiele.

In the 2014-15 season, Aris Argiris could be seen as Escamillo in Bizet´s Carmen at Theater St. Gallen, a role he repeated in concert with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv. The last season was also marked by two major role debuts: Aris Argiris took the stage as Johanaan in Richard Strauss´ Salome at Theater Bern and made his debut in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen. Other engagements included Figaro in Darius Milhaud´s La mère coupable at Theater an der Wien as well as Renato in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv.

His 2013-14 season included roles such as Germont in Verdi´s La Traviata at the Komische Oper Berlin, Escamillo in Carmen at the Savonlinna Festival, Scarpia in Puccini´s Tosca at Oper Bonn, Lescaut in Puccini´s Manon Lescaut at La Monnaie, Francesco in Verdi´s I Masnadieri at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Iago in Verdi´s Otello with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, and Renato in Verdi´s Un Ballo in Maschera at San Diego Opera and Teatro Verdi in Trieste. He could also be heard in concert performing Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta.

Highlights of his 2012-13 season included Marcello in Puccini´s La Bohème at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, The Four Villains in Offenbach´s Les Contes d´Hoffmann at Theater an der Wien, Count di Luna in Verdi´s Il Trovatore at Oper Bonn, Dandini in Rossini´s La Cenerentola at Teatro Colón and Nardo in Mozart´s La Finta Giardiniera at the Staatsoper Berlin, a role he returned for the following season.

Audiences in Frankfurt had the opportunity to hear Mr Argiris in major roles of the baritone repertoire, such as Lord Enrico Ashton in Verdi´s Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Mozart´s Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte, The Four Villains in Offenbach´s Les Contes d´Hoffmann, Marcello in Puccini´s La Bohème, Dandini in Rossini´s La Cenerentola, Ramiro in Ravel´s L´heure espagnole, Rodrigo and Marchese di Posa in Verdi´s Don Carlo, Germont in Verdi´s La Traviata and Francesco in Verdi´s I Masnadieri. Aris Argiris has also had a close relationship with Theater Bonn, where he has taken the stage as Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor, Valentin in Gounod´s Faust, Fritz/Frank in Korngold´s Die Tote Stadt, Scarpia in Tosca, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as Count di Luna in Il Trovatore.

In 2011 he performed at the Arena di Verona as Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, singing the role of Renato in Verdi´s Un Ballo in Maschera. Born in Athens he studied with Kostas Paskalis, Frangiskos Voutsinos and Despina Calafati in his home town. In 1999 he received the Maria-Callas-Scholarship in Athens and continued his vocal studies in the masterclasses of Prof. Daphne Evangelatos at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2002 Mr. Agiris won the International singing competition at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, where he sang the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Aris Argiris recorded Ariadne – Dithyrambos for baritone and orchestra by Siegfried Matthus and Holoferne’s aria from Matthus´ Judith with the label Genuin and can be seen singing Escamillo in the first 3D opera-movie, which is based on the Royal Opera House Carmen production of 2010, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Constantinos Carydis.

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