Testimonials From Participants

My time in Greece and Syros with the Greek Opera Studio singing Donn’ Anna in Don Giovanni and Geisha in Butterfly helped me grow a lot in many aspects. It gave me the platform to experience stage craft, giving my debut for a Mozart role and getting the opportunities to sing in 2 operas, several concerts and Gala concerts at the same time. Learning how to deal with a big schedule, how to survive that and the rehearsal periods including coachings, lessons, masterclasses, audition and performing, to focus and enjoy, sharing the love for opera with people who are alike and believing in the same thing – gave me confidence and a better singer.  I made friends FOR LIFE!
I received wonderful help from my fellow colleagues, directors and everyone who worked at the Festival and the city we were welcomed. Syros itself was mind-blowingly wonderful.
I very highly recommend this program. I had the time of my life and those 4 weeks changed me in many ways, for which I am very grateful.
Luise Breyer-Aiton

Greek Opera Studio Participant

The Festival of the Aegean and the Greek Opera Studio gave me the opportunity to debut three new roles in the summer of 2019. I sang Adina in L’elisir D’amore, Naiad in Ariadne Auf Naxos and the soprano soloist in The Mozart Requiem. I was surrounded by inspiring colleagues and encouraging mentors. Eilana Lappalainen and Peter Tiboris have created an incredible festival on the beautiful island of Syros in Greece. The opera house is designed after Teatro Alla Scala in Milano. It was truly an honor to sing opera for the people of Syros and those visiting from around the world

Sydney Kucine

Greek Opera Studio Participant

During my time in the GOS program, I found a true love for singing again, and I looked forward to each day of the program and the time spent studying, building my technique and growing my artistry to become a well-rounder performer. The opportunities the Greek Opera Studio provided me to grow and succeed were plentiful and the professionals in the field that we were able to study under provided us with high-quality advice, insight and support through the entire process.

Dena Andrews

Greek Opera Studio Participant

It is really great that you give me the chance to express my opinion on GOS and on Aegean Festival experience.First of all, it was a very good experience coexisting and working with awesome colleagues. The productions that we worked in this festival were recognised by organisation and a balanced choice of the whole cast, being always there for any help and every issue. Furthermore, the wonderful island of Syros and the Apollo helped to make the whole situation extremely beautiful.Concerning the GOS gala it was very good that we worked on a bel canto opera with talented colleagues. In my point of view the time to work and adjust this opera was very short , something that brought out many hours of practice and preparation simultaneously to the opera of the Festival.Coming to conclusion, I keep in mind and heart this experience and I recommend to everyone to try this challenge.

P.S I have to thank you for everything you did for and offered to us.

Nikos Masourakis

Greek Opera Studio Participant

Greek Opera Studio was an enriching and fulfilling experience. My time spent in Syros, Greece was a life-changing opportunity. During the program, I had the privilege to work with world-renowned musicians. The Apollo Theater, a historical site on this beautiful island, was an amazing setting for our performances. It was an outstanding stage because of it’s beauty and unique acoustics. Participants of the Greek Opera Studio had the pleasure to sing in multiple concerts throughout the island in venues that illustrated the beauty of Syros. Singing, of course, was a big part of the time, but learning and developing was never pushed aside. We had the chance to have many lessons and coachings with acclaimed faculty, and also Masterclasses, one given by Mrs. Eilana Lappalainen herself. Greek Opera Studio, by far, has been one of the most beneficial and rewarding programs that I have had the pleasure to attend. Without hesitation, I
highly recommend the Greek Opera Studio to any aspiring Opera singer.

Joseph Calzada

Baritone GOS Participant - 2019