Theodora Raftis is a coloratura soprano from Cyprus, based in Vienna.
She is a member of the Opera Fuoco Young Artist Programme in Paris. In addition, she will soon complete her Master’s Degree in Opera at Vienna’s University of Music & Performing Arts, under the guidance of Claudia Visca, supported by the A. G. Leventis Scholarship.
She has won numerous awards, some of which include 3rd Prize in the International Cesti Singing Competition for Baroque Opera 2019, 3rd Prize in the International Otto Edelmann Singing Competition 2019, 2nd Prize in the International József Simándy Singing Competition 2016, 1st Prize in the Edward Brooks English Song Prize 2014, 2nd Prize in the Mario Lanza Opera Prize 2014 and the Joseph Weingarten Scholarship 2014.
Theodora has made solo appearances in the USA, Mexico, China and many European countries. She has appeared as a soloist in international festivals such as the Bachfest Leipzig, Budapest Spring Festival and London Festival of Baroque Music. Performances in prestigious venues include Musikverein (Vienna), Philharmonie de Paris, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Cuvilliés Theatre (Munich), De Montfort Hall (Leicester), Grand Hall (Budapest) and Müpa (Budapest).
Recent career highlights include a world tour with conductor Martin Haselböck and Orchester Wiener Akademie; as well as a world tour with conductor David Stern and acclaimed artists Andreas Scholl, Laurent Naouri, Markus Werba and the Tölzer Knabenchor. Other notable engagements include the Modern World Premiere of M. Haydn’s Kaiser Constantin I. Feldzug und Sieg (to be released on CD).
Some of the opera roles she has portrayed include Ermione (Oreste), Tonina (Prima la musica e poi le parole), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Ilia (Idomeneo), Despina (Così fan tutte), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene).
Whereas some of her concert engagements include the title role of Händel’s Theodora, Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232), Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Bach’s Der zufriedengestellte Aeolus (BWV 205), Britten’s Les Illuminations, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s G-Dur Messe and Mozart’s Concert Arias.
Her solo recital appearances include performances in Müpa (Budapest), Solti Hall (Budapest), Leighton House (London), Karmeliterkloster (Frankfurt), her home country at the Pallas Theatre (Nicosia), among others.
Her musical theatre and operetta engagements include 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, the operetta Candide, and many more.
She has received vocal coachings with renowned artists Natalie Dessay, Teodor Currentzis and Michael Schade. She has also participated in masterclasses with Éva Marton, Sumi Jo, Barbara Bonney, Júlia Hamari, Felicity Lott, Michael Chance, Jenny Drivala and Marco Balderi.
Highlights of next season include concert tours in the USA and South America. She makes her debut in the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna) and Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). She also makes her solo debut appearance in her home country with a recital featuring the world premiere works of Cypriot composer Constantinos Stylianou. Some of her opera engagements include the leading role of the contemporary children’s opera Prinzessin LiebDieLiebe (by Krah) with numerous performances in Austria.
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