and even with the shortest possible aria, she can enchant the audience.
MICHAEL FICHTENHOLZ | opera director of ZÜRICH OPERA HOUSE
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 the Vienna University of Music & Performing Arts, under the guidance of Professor Claudia Visca, with the support of a scholarship.
She has won numerous awards, most notably 3rd Prize in the «Pietro Antonio Cesti» International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera 2019, 3rd Prize in the Otto Edelmann International Singing Competition 2019, 3rd Prize in the Casinos Austria Rising Star Award (CARSA) 2019 and 2nd Prize in the József Simándy International Singing Competition 2016. She has also been honoured with the A. G. Leventis Scholarship and Joseph Weingarten Scholarship.
Her engagements include solo appearances in many European countries as well as concert tours in China, USA, Mexico and South America. Some of her international festival appearances include the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Bachfest Leipzig, London Festival of Baroque Music and Budapest Spring Festival. While performances in prestigious venues include Musikverein (Vienna), Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna), Philharmonie de Paris (Paris), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Shanghai Symphony Hall (Shanghai), Cuvilliés Theatre (Munich), De Montfort Hall (Leicester), Liszt Academy (Budapest) and Müpa (Budapest).
Career highlights include a collaboration with world renowned conductor Jordi Savall. She performs regularly as a soloist with acclaimed conductor Martin Haselböck and Orchester Wiener Akademie, including several international concert tours. Other highlights include a world tour with conductor David Stern and renowned artists Andreas Scholl, Laurent Naouri and Markus Werba. Other notable engagements include the Modern World Premiere of M. Haydn’s Kaiser Constantin I. Feldzug und Sieg alongside Hungarian soprano Emőke Baráth.
Some of her opera roles include portrayals of 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), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Atamira (L’empio punito), Cino (Il teuzzone), as well as the title role of the contemporary children’s opera Prinzessin LiebDieLiebe.
Whereas some of her concert engagements include the title role of Händel’s Theodora, Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV232), Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV244), Bach’s Der zufriedengestellte Aeolus (BWV205), Britten’s Les Illuminations, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G major (D167), and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate (K165/158a).
Her solo recital appearances include performances in Müpa (Budapest), Liszt Academy (Budapest), St John’s Smith Square (London), Leighton House (London), Karmeliterkloster (Frankfurt), and the Pallas Theatre (Nicosia) in her home country, 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.
Theodora 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.
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.