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FEATURE | 15 sep 2019

Interview: A minute with Theodora Raftis

quotation markWhere do you live? … Read more

CYPRUS MAIL | CYPRUS

Cyprus Mail 2019 website


review | 8 aug 2019

International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera «Pietro Antonio Cesti» 2019

quotation markThe 3rd Prize is going to a wonderful singer, a soprano, who has charmed us all. She not only has the voice and the personality, but she has a very special way of communicating with the audience, and even with the shortest possible aria, she can enchant the audience. The name of this soprano is Theodora Raftis

Zürich opera house | Michael Fichtenholz, opera director

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quotation markAlso, the third prize to the soprano Theodora Raftis from Cyprus was well chosen. Her voice has a very special sound, her technique is fabulous, sometimes one thinks of a few Orientalisms or, better, we can hear traditionalisms, which makes her voice even more interesting.

KLASSIKINFO.DE | robert Jungwirth

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quotation markThe third prize goes to soprano Theodora Raftis from Cyprus. She also convinces with agile coloraturas and fantastic runs in the aria of Laodice from Handel’s Siroe. In the second part she performs a very short piece from Melani’s L’empio punito with great wit… 

Online musik magazin | Thomas Molke

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quotation markThird position for the Cypriot soprano Theodora Raftis, an agile and skilled voice in colorature. 

BELLININEWS | Riccardo Cenci

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quotation markThe presence on the podium of the exquisite Cypriot Theodora Raftis is also justified.

BaroquiadeS | Jacques Duffourg

review | 7 May 2019

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

quotation markSopranos Teresa Wakim and Theodora Raftis intoned with the nimble and docile timbre of birds… Theodora Raftis embodied the elevation of the female perspective as conceptualized by Bach. One of her arias, “Blute nur”, compared Judas’ betrayal to a child’s disavowal of his mother… A last striking image of a serpent, set in a winding melody, called for subito word coloring from the vocalist.   

PICTURE THIS POST | Solène Le Van

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quotation markSopranos Teresa Wakim and Theodora Raftis could be sweetly lithe when desired and deadly serious when required.

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL | DOUGLAS DUTTON

review | 10 Apr 2019

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at Musikverein Vienna

quotation markAmong the other soloists Theodora Raftis, Zachary Wilder and Christoph Filler, pleased the audience the most, inspired by the characteristic colours of the Orchester Wiener Akademie. 

DIE PRESSE | Walter Weidringer

FEATURE | 27 feb 2019

Interview with Coda 

quotation markTheodora is interviewed by ‘Coda’, the stage discussion series of the Liszt Academy Concert Centre in Budapest (Hungary). During the discussion, Theodora talks about the programme of her recent recital of ‘Mediterranean Songs’, as well as her career and relationship with the Liszt Academy. Read more

coda | HUNGARY

Coda interview - budapest


review | 27 Jan 2019

Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) at the Philharmonie de Paris

quotation markThe Cypriot soprano Theodora Raftis, seduces in a voice that is fresh and fruity, soft in timbre, very agile and undulates cheerfully in the clear high notes.

OLRYX | Nicolas Mathieu

review | 24 Aug 2018

Despina (Così fan tutte) with Kammeroper München, Munich

quotation markWith 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.

Süddeutsche Zeitung | EKATERINA KEL

Feature | 23 Aug 2018

Silence, Faithless

quotation markShe drives the gender clichés as well as the plot: Despina (Theodora Raftis) the housemaid of Don Alfonso, has quite a lot to say about love and faithfulness and she can ‘almost resurrect’ dead people. Read more

süddeutsche zeitung NEWSPAPER | Germany

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REVIEW | 13 JUL 2018

Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

quotation markThe lively, highly versatile, eloquently articulating Cypriot coloratura soprano Theodora Raftis and the confidently composed Serbian bassist Stefan Hadžić, dominated the rest of the cast at the acclaimed premiere.

DIE PRESSE | WALTER DOBNER

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quotation markAs Despina, the Cypriot soprano Theodora Raftis displays a mixture of temperaments. She delights with her fresh voice, bubbling coloratura and a multi-faceted representation of ‘Despina’, ‘chambermaid’ and experienced ‘housekeeper’ in matters of love and faithfulness. The usual doctor-disguise transforms her into a ‘goddess in white’ with serious glasses, a miracle doctor, who ‘heals’ the disguised lovers of fake poison suicide with a drill-like device from the hardware store (instead of the usual magnet). Theodora radiates eccentric playfulness and Mediterranean temperament. After all, the opera is set in Naples.

ONLINE MERKER | KARL MASEK

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quotation markThe Cypriot coloratura soprano Theodora Raftis effortlessly mastered the role of Despina.

PRESSREADER | SUSANNE ZOBL

REVIEW | 17 MAY 2018

London Festival of Baroque Music

quotation markThe star of the concert was the young Cypriot soprano, Theodora Raftis, her rich, focused and unforced voice coping well with the intricate ornaments so typical of French Baroque music.

EARLY MUSIC REVIEWS | Andrew Benson-Wilson

REVIEW | 30 Mar 2018  

Mozart vs Salieri with Opera Fuoco, Paris

quotation markTheodora Raftis is a soprano with a career already well underway, and this was verified with her vocal ability and dazzling presence.

CONCERT CLASSIC.COM | Pierre-René Serna | 30 Mar 2018

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quotation markThe role of Mademoiselle Silberklang is portrayed here with intelligence and probity by Theodora Raftis who has a skilled vocal technique, even though her soprano voice is light. Accordingly, in the second opera, she is perfect as Tonina.

OPERA MAGAZINE | Thierry Guyenne | 1 May 2018

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quotation markThere is a need for the interpreters to be both excellent singers and actors, capable of changing role instantly, from tragic to comic, and vice versa. The success of the production was in attendance, the orchestra under David Stern and, to name but a few, the sopranos Dania El Zein, Axelle Fanyo and Theodora Raftis, particularly the latter two, who were wholeheartedly overwhelming in Salieri.

MUSIKZEN | Marc Vignal | 30 Mar 2018

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quotation markTheodora Raftis sings the role of Mademoiselle Silberklang with a well-established voice, and with an almost tough mode of expression. Her clear tone is maintained in the confident high notes as well as in the vocalizing parts. In Tonina she becomes more lyrical, taking on a fast flow and a more unrestrained theatrical role.

OLRYX | Damien Dutilleul | 4 Apr 2018

FEATURE | 1 MAY 2018

Musical Comedies

quotation markMozart vs Salieri – Hoping that this delightful and unpretentious production will be repeated…

OPERA MAGAZINE | FRANCE

opera magazine article


REVIEW | 30 JAN 2018

Ermione (Oreste) at the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

quotation markTheodora Raftis, in the role of Ermione, shines with her bright soprano voice.

Kultur und wien MAGAZINE

REVIEW | 4 OCT 2017

Bach’s Der zufriedengestellte Aeolus (BWV 205) at the Grand Hall, Budapest

quotation markTheodora Raftis stood out by far from the four vocal soloists.

MAGYAR NARANCS MAGAZINE

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quotation markIt is very important in a piece such as Bach’s Der zufriedengestellte Aeolus, that it should not simply be sung, but must be portrayed, acted out and must include a certain theatricality in the interpretation of each phrase; and soprano Theodora Raftis, who performed the role of Pallas (Athene), knew exactly how to accomplish this and was perfectly capable in fulfilling this theatricality in her performance.

Bartók Rádió | Kristóf Csengery

FEATURE | 22 Mar 2017

Opera Fuoco – New Troupe 2017

quotation markYoung talents. The 12 new singers of the Opera Fuoco opera company… Read more

Classique News | France

Classique News Feature


FEATURE | 19 Mar 2017

Interview with Hellenic TV

quotation markTheodora joins Vasilis Panayi for an exclusive interview on the television programme entitled ‘Faces’ / «Πρόσωπα» on Hellenic TV, the London-based Greek Language Television Channel.

Hellenic TV | London

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FEATURE | 1 Dec 2016

Nominated Singer of the Year

quotation markThe well-known magazine Madame Figaro nominates Theodora as ‘Singer of the Year’ at the ‘Women of the Year Awards 2016’ in Cyprus; in recognition of her representation of Cyprus at international singing competitions during the year 2016. Read more

Madame Figaro Magazine | Cyprus

Theodora Raftis - Madame Figaro Nominee


feaTURE | 26 Oct 2016

Interview with MTVA Television

quotation markTheodora is interviewed on a Hungarian television documentary aired on Channel M5 of MTVA. The documentary also captures backstage moments of the Finalists in the Éva Marton International Singing Competition 2016.

MTVA Television | Hungary

MTVA Interview Hungary


feature | 1 May 2016

Interview: One of the biggest talents in Cyprus

quotation mark‘Initially, my parents thought that it was natural for a child to have a beautiful voice and to sing before it could talk.’ But in time it appeared that one of the biggest talents in Cyprus was emerging… Read more

Figaro Magazine | Hungary

Figaro Magazine Page 16


FEATURE | 30 Apr 2016

Interview: “I do not want to waste this treasure”

quotation markCypriot soprano, Theodora Raftis, talks about her vast musical experience which led to her career as a classical singer, which forms the basis of her profession even today… Read more

PlayLiszt | Hungary

Playliszt Feature 2


REVIEW | 19 APR 2016

La Filosofia (Orontea) at the Budapest Spring Festival

quotation markAs La Filosofia, Theodora Raftis sings with mind-blowing temperament. I have been waiting for her appearance since the Così fan tutte concert, and I regret that she doesn’t have a longer role.

MEZEI NEZO | Z. Makk | 28 apr 2016

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quotation markAs La Filosofia and Creonte, soprano Theodora Raftis and baritone Attila Erdös respectively, shone vocally and dramatically in their characters as the Queen’s advisors.

BACHTRACK | Alexandra Ivanoff | 19 Apr 2016

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quotation markA praise-worthy performance by Theodora Raftis in the role of La Filosofia.

REVIZOR | Janos Malina | 19 APR 2016

feature | 5 Apr 2016

Interview: A personal secret

quotation markInternational student, Theodora Raftis, tells us why the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the musical life of Budapest are so attractive… Read more

Népszabadság Newspaper | Hungary

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REVIEW | 9 FEB 2016

Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Grand Hall, Budapest

quotation markTheodora Raftis, who sang Despina, humoured us with her playful and energetic spirit. As I remember, I liked all of the Despinas I saw in the Hungarian State Opera House. Although, compared to them I would venture that the performance of Theodora was even slightly better. Her dynamic performance captivated us and we could sense her truthfulness and she made us believe that her philosophy of life is the overall philosophy ‘Let us love for our convenience and for vanity’. At the end of the performance, hearing the tremendous applause that was addressed at her, I was sure that I was not alone in my opinion. Without a doubt, she is a talented actress and comedian.

MEZEI NEZO | Z. Makk

REVIEW | 20 APR 2015

Theodora (Theodora) at the Grand Hall, Budapest

quotation markTheodora Raftis, who sang the title role of Theodora, brought her character to life in a way that rivalled her fellow singers’ performance. She knows everything about singing, even things which cannot be taught, and has almost acquired all the skills necessary in this profession. Her soprano voice is crystal clear, light and flexible. It is possible that with further study her voice can acquire even more depth and colours. But this is insignificant because she completely enchants audiences with her captivating personality and ultimately, she makes everything else around her seem secondary. Furthermore, in her first aria she impressed us with her precision, the degree of detailed ornamentation and perfection during her dialogue with the violins. Just before the end of the first half of the concert, Theodora sang the aria ‘Angels, Ever Bright and Fair’ with sublime beauty that left a shiver in the audience due to her authenticity and sadness. Her performance even diverted attention from the perfect execution of musical phrases, which were accomplished with elegance, rarely present at classical music concerts.

REVIZOR | Janos Malina

REVIEW | 25 JUN 2014

Anne Egerman (A Little Night Music) at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

quotation markAs Anne, Theodora Raftis, sweet, bright soprano was spot-on.

BIRMINGHAM POST | Richard Bratby

REVIEW | 16 JUN 2014

V. William’s Pastoral Symphony in Birmingham

quotation markThe symphony’s emotional intensity culminates in the wordless soprano cantilena, beautifully sung by Theodora Raftis. With full-bodied yet gentle voice, her elegy travelled along the pews with great ease.

BACHTRACK | Hedy Mühleck

REVIEW | 24 MAR 2014

Orff’s Carmina Burana at De Montfort Hall, Leicester

quotation markTheodora Raftis’ stratospheric high notes were beautifully sung with great clarity and poise.

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