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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 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 PRESS | 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 | 1 MAY 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

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REVIEW | 30 JAN 2018

Ermione (Oreste) at 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

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 BWV 205 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 | 4 Mar 2017

Cypriot Soprano in London

quotation markCypriot soprano Theodora Raftis will be in London this month… Read more

Parikiaki Newspaper | 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

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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

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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

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REVIEW | 28 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, soprano Theodora Raftis shone vocally and dramatically in her character as the Queen’s advisor.

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 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 Crescent Theatre

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

BIRMINGHAM POST | Richard Bratby

REVIEW | 16 JUN 2014

A Pastoral Symphony (by V. Williams)

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

Carmina Burana at De Montford Hall, Leicester

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

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