Theodora Raftis is a coloratura soprano from Cyprus, based in Vienna.
She is a part-time member of the Opera Studio of Opera Fuoco in Paris from 2017 to 2019. In addition, she is studying Master’s 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 2nd Prize in the International Singing Competition József Simándy 2016; Finalist in the International Singing Competition Éva Marton 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.
Some of the opera roles she has portrayed include Ermione (Oreste), 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 B Minor Mass, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Bach’s BWV 205, Britten’s Les Illuminations, as well as works by Haydn, Orff, Fauré, Rutter, amongst others.
Her musical theatre 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.
Theodora has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Teodor Currentzis, Éva Marton, Sumi Jo, Barbara Bonney, Felicity Lott, Júlia Hamari, Michael Chance, Jenny Drivala and Marco Balderi.
As well as having performed in some of Hungary’s most prestigious venues, she has also made solo appearances in many other countries in Europe and on tour in China. Notable engagements include the Budapest Spring Festival, London Festival of Baroque Music and the Modern World Premiere of M. Haydn’s Kaiser Constantin I. Feldzug und Sieg (to be released on CD).
Highlights of this season include a world tour with conductor Martin Haselböck with performances in Musikverein Vienna, Los Angeles and Mexico City. As well as a world tour with conductor David Stern with performances in the Philharmonie de Paris, Shanghai Symphony Hall and Bachfest Leipzig with acclaimed artists Andreas Scholl, Laurent Naouri, Markus Werba and the Tölzer Boys’ Choir. She also reprises the role of Despina (Così fan tutte) in the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich; and she returns to Hungary to give a solo recital in the Solti Hall of Budapest.
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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…
With her great talent for acting, Theodora Raftis creates a Despina on stage who creeps into everyone’s heart as a clown-lady with a mixture of slapstick and eroticism.