MICHAEL FICHTENHOLZ | opera director of ZÜRICH OPERA HOUSE
Theodora Raftis is a promising coloratura soprano from Cyprus.
She has won numerous awards, most notably 3rd Prize in the Cesti International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera 2019, 3rd Prize in the Otto Edelmann International Singing Competition 2019 and 2nd Prize in the József Simándy International Singing Competition 2016. She has also been awarded with scholarships from the A.G. Leventis Foundation and Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust.
While a student at Vienna’s University of Music & Performing Arts, Theodora made her debut in some of the world’s most prestigious venues such as Musikverein (Vienna), Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna), Philharmonie de Paris, St John’s Smith Square (London), Cuvilliés Theatre (Munich), Liszt Academy’s Grand Hall (Budapest), Müpa (Budapest), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and Shanghai Symphony Hall. This season she will make her house debut in Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.
Her engagements include several international concert tours in China, USA and Mexico, while her European appearances include the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Leipzig Bachfest, Budapest Spring Festival and London Festival of Baroque Music. Theodora has sung alongside several acclaimed artists such as Andreas Scholl, whereas collaborations with renowned conductors include George Petrou and Jos van Veldhoven.
Performances cancelled due to the global pandemic include concerts with conductors Jordi Savall and Gianluca Capuano, a tour of South America as well as her debuts in Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Megaron Concert Hall (Athens), Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse) and Segerstrom Centre for the Arts (Costa Mesa, USA).
Her operatic repertoire includes portrayals of Atamira (L’empio punito), Ermione (Oreste), Ilia (Idomeneo), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Tonina (Prima la musica e poi le parole), Despina (Così fan tutte), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene) and Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites).
As a concert soloist, her engagements include Bach’s Magnificat (BWV243), St. Matthew Passion (BWV244), B minor Mass (BWV232), Christmas Oratorio (BWV248) and several cantatas; Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV589) and Nulla in mundo pax sincera (RV630); Händel’s Messiah (HWV56/1) and Theodora (HWV68); Mozart works such as Exsultate, jubilate (K165/158a), Coronation Mass in C major (K317) and Requiem in D minor (K626). She has also performed Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s Les Illuminations, among others.
Whereas the versatility of her voice allows her to expand her repertoire to musical theatre engagements, with songs from The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Whistle Down the Wind, Tell Me on a Sunday, and many more.
In addition to her current vocal coach Claudia Visca, the Cypriot soprano has also received coachings from Natalie Dessay, Teodor Currentzis, Éva Marton, Júlia Hamari, Michael Schade, Sumi Jo, Barbara Bonney and Felicity Lott.
Theodora’s dynamic performance captivated us… Without a doubt, she is a talented actress and comedian.
Theodora displays a mixture of temperaments. She delights with her fresh voice, bubbling coloratura and a multi-faceted representation… She radiates eccentric playfulness and Mediterranean temperament.
Theodora Raftis (Atamira) has the talent to combine lyrical elegance and refinement with tragic-comic elements.