Biography

G iorgos Kanaris took singing lessons from Josef Metternich in Munich and attended master classes with Helmuth Rilling and Thomas Quasthoff in Stuttgart. He studied voice in the master class of Professor Daphne Evangelatos at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.

In 2005 Giorgos Kanaris won the category “Oratorio/Lied” at the Maria Callas Grand Prix and was engaged for concerts conducted by Helmuth Rilling.

In 2008 he was soloist in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at the Gasteig Cultural Centre in Munich and at the Cairo Opera House. Further engagements were in Athens, in Munich´s Prinzregententheater Munich, in the Markgräfliches Opera House Bayreuth and at the RuhrTriennale.

Giorgos Kanaris has been an enemble member at the opera in Bonn since 2009. He sang Guglielmo in Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE, Figaro in Rossini’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and Sharpless in Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Marcello in Puccini’s LA BOHEME and Enrico in Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, DON GIOVANNI and Papageno in Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE, Count in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Peter in Humperdinck’s HÄNSEL & GRETEL.

Giorgos Kanaris is a prize­winner of the Laubach Song Contest 2009. In 2010 he received the prize of the “Opera Friends Bonn”, awarded every two years. He was also the recipient of Richard­Wagner­Foundation Stipend in 2011.

In addition to his opera repertoire, Giorgos Kanaris is also regularly active as a Lied­Singer. With his accompanist of many years Thomas Wise, he has performed a wide range of works, including Schumann’s DICHTERLIEBE and LIEDERKREIS, Schubert’s SCHWANENGESANG, WINTERREISE and DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN, Ravel’s DON QUIXOTTE, as well as Lieder by Strauss and Pfitzner.

April 2017 his CD titled “Songs of Yearning – Sehnsuchtslieder”, in which he has recorded the song cycles “An die ferne Geliebte” (Beethoven) and “Schwanengesang” (Schubert), has been officially released by “Hännsler CLASSIC”.

Repertoire

Opera

• W. A. Mozart Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni & Masetto)
• W. A. Mozart La Finta Giardiniera (Nardo)
• W. A. Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Conte d’Almaviva)
• W. A. Mozart Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo)
• G. Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
• G. Rossini Il matrimonio segreto (Conte Robinson)
• G. Rossini Italiana in Algeri (Taddeo)
• L.v.Beethoven Fidelio (Don Fernando)
• G. Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)
• G. Donizetti L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)
• G. Donizetti Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
• G. Puccini Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
• G. Puccini La Bohéme (Marcello)
• G. Puccini La Bohéme (Schaunard)
• G. Puccini Turandot (Ping)
• G. Verdi Jerusalem (Count of Toulouse)
• G. F. Haendel Rinaldo (Argante)
• G. F. Haendel Ezio (Massimo)
• G. F. Haendel Giulio Cesare (Achillas)
• E. Humperdinck Hänsel & Gretel (Peter)
• A. Lortzing Der Wildschütz (Graf von Eberbach)
• O. Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Herr Fluth)
• S. Prokofiev Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen (Pantalone)
• M. Ravel L’ heure espagnole (Ramiro)
• R. Leoncavallo I Pagliacci (Silvio)
• R. Wagner Tristan und Isolde (Melot)
• L. Delibes Lakmé (Fréderic)
• G. Bizet Carmen (Dancairo)
• F. Schreker Der Ferne Klang (Schmierenschauspieler)

Concert Music

• J. S. Bach Magnificat
• J. S. Bach Matthäus-Passion
• L. v. Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
• J. S. Bach Messe in h-Moll
• J. S. Bach Weihnachtsoratorium
• C. Orff Carmina Burana
• F. Schubert Winterreise
• F. Schubert Schwanengesang
• F. Schubert Die schöne Müllerin
• R. Schumann Dichterliebe
• R. Schumann Liederkreis
• R. V. Williams Songs of Travel
• M. Ravel Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
• G. Fauré Requiem
• J. Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
• J. Haydn Die Schöpfung
• V. Ullmann Der Mensch und sein Tag – op. 47

Reviews

Don Giovanni – Mozart

Giorgos Kanaris is in the title role as a singer and actor a convincing seducer and a charismatic nobleman…the opera house has a Don Giovanni, who hardly lets any desires unfulfilled, that he knows how to articulate the brutal and melancholic guy.

Ralf Siepmann

Opernnetz 13/12/2016

Giorgos Kanaris is a brazen radiant, constantly boastful, always magnificent and powerful Don Giovanni.

Stefan Schmöe

Online Musik Magazin 12/12/2016

Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti

The Greek baritone Giorgos Kanaris is to the Bonn music friends apparently very admired, his continuous repertoire expansion, whatever versatility it demonstrates, is actually exemplary. For the shady Enrico his voice appears to sound a little bit too chivalric, even if his interpretation captures the character very good.

Christoph Zimmermann

Theaterpur.net 30/10/2016

Giorgos Kanaris was with highly strong, rather slender baritone an intensive, considerably charismatic growing Enrico.

Thomas Tillmann

Online Musik Magazin 01/11/2016

La Bohéme – G. Puccini

The greek baritone was able to develop himself continuously at the Opera of Bonn, his voice has been appropriate expanded. His Marcello thrills with masculine cantability.

Christoph Zimmermann

Der Neue Merker 27/09/2016

Madama Butterfly – G. Puccini

The magnificent baritone Giorgos Kanaris goes ahead more nuanced in the role-making and shows as Sharpless amazing empathy.

Bernhard Hartmann

Bonner Rundschau 19/04/2016

Giorgos Kanaris in the role of the US-consul Sharpless wins over the audience with accurate leading, flexible and full of nuances baritone voice.

Ralf Siepmann

Opernnetz 29/04/2016

Giorgos Kanaris portrays Sharpless convincing and noble with his sonorous cavalier baritone.

Christoph Zimmermann

Der Opernfreund 18/04/2016

The baritone Giorgos Kanaris convinced with his singing and has been celebrated from the audience.

EXPRESS

Bonn 21/04/2016

Giorgos Kanaris is a vocal assertive, stiff consul on stage, which belongs here to the diplomatic habit.

Stefan Schmöe

Online Musik Magazin 17/04/2016

Cosi fan tutte – W.A.Mozart

Giorgos Kanaris sings the somewhat rough-and-ready Guglielmo with clearly defined baritone color, which underlines powerfully his representation.

Bernhard Hartmann

General Anzeiger-Bonner Rundschau, Bonn 08/12/15

Giorgos Kanaris represents Guglielmo with grandiose and powerful bariton color

Christoph Zimmermann

Theaterpur.net, Bonn 08/12/15

Kanaris with high affinity in the cantilenas of his part and his entrances.

Ralph Siepmann

Opernnetz.de, Bonn 08/12/15

Rinaldo – G. F. Haendel

Giorgos Kanaris’ Argante was an event, because his tremendous playing mood and his wonderfulbariton voice created a perfect roll profile.

Bernhard Hartmann

General Anzeiger-Bonner Rundschau, Bonn 02/12/14

Giorgos Kanaris as a baritonal weather-proof and highly playful Argante.

Christoph Zimmermann

Theaterpur.net, Bonn 02/12/14

Especially thrilled Giorgos Kanaris as Argante. With perfect baritone voice provides the King of Jerusalem and offers a beautiful balance to the high voices of the evening.

Thomas Molke

Online Musik Magazin, Bonn 02/12/14

Giorgos Kanaris with his hearty theatrical playing as Argante had the laughs on his side. His powerful bright baritone voice was astonishingly agile in the coloraturas.

Manfred Langer

Der Opernfreund, Bonn 02/12/14

Giorgos Kanaris was as Argante a powerful-voiced, well sounded bass with soft transitions between the registers.

Zenner

Operapoint 02/12/14

Fidelio – L.v. Beethoven

“The minister was given his noble majesty through Giorgos Kanaris.”

Bernhard Hartmann

General Anzeiger-Bonner Rundschau, Bonn 30/09/14

Die Zauberflöte – W. A. Mozart

Giorgos Kanaris as a lovely comical Papageno, who is quick-thinking sufficient in the end of the opera to put a hooking curtain down with his own hands.

Bernhard Hartmann

General Anzeiger, Bonn 15/12/14

Also Giorgos Kanaris, an ingenuously naive Papageno to love, with his warm and flexible baritone voice.

Gunild Lohmann

General Anzeiger, Bonn 15/04/14

Schwanengesang – Schubert

With Giorgos Kanaris is “Schwanengesang” in the best of hands. That the Bonn’s opera baritone can also sing Lied, has already been proved several times, and also on this evening his expressive interpretations were evident. Kanaris forms the moods of longing and unreturned love, wanderlust and homesickness, pain and happiness with noble restraint; no outbreak goes at the expense of beautiful sound, which his voice also in the high registers through his sonorous bass-range produces. However, the baritone remains in dramatic songs like “Atlas” or “Doppelgänger” vocally impressive: when he opens up, is his singing also physically imposing.

Gunild Lohmann

General Anzeiger, Bonn 18/02/14

Barbier von Sevilla – Rossini

Giorgos Kanaris is a throughout stable Figaro, with slender, flexible and assertive voice, sovereign in every passage.

Stefan Schmöe

Online Musik Magazin, Bonn 21/01/13

Winterreise – Schubert

Giorgos Kanaris, who, among other things, was awarded the prize of the “Opera Friends Bonn”, has attracted in the productions of the opera House much attention, particularly with his very elegant voice. Now, as a Lieder recitalist, he is no less convincing: his bright baritone, which he controls in the high register without tension, can be heard from the very first bar. In the low register he has a beautiful warmth. Giorgos Kanaris comes across the gloom of “Winterreise” very carefully, with a calm narrative tone and an elaborate art of legato. He abstains from mannerism and sentimentality. His interpretation is sensitive, but not sentimental. From other singers people are used to hearing sharper accentuations – Kanaris remains faithful in his concept of sonority. And this takes him over 24 gently shaped Lieder, in which the “Wirtshaus” (taken with the same prayerful quiet) makes perhaps the greatest impression.

Ulrich Bumann

General-Anzeiger, Bonn 08/02/12

La Finta Giardiniera– Mozart

Giorgos Kanaris gives a theatrical, clearly contoured and beautifuly sounding servant Nardo.

Stefan Schmöe

Online Musik Magazin, Bonn 07/11/11

Giorgos Kanaris makes points with his wonderful baritone as her love-lost Nardo.

Bernhard Hartmann

General-Anzeiger, Bonn 08/02/11

Der Ferne Klang – Schrecker

Giorgos Kanaris as vocally powerful and present “Schauspieler” in an excellent casting.

Stefan Schmöe

Online Musik Magazin, Bonn 10/12/11

Dichterliebe – Schumann

Kanaris reached, with his slender and cleanly- guided baritone in the “Dichterliebe”, a continuously deepening representation of Heine’s poetry.

General-Anzeiger, Bonn 11/05/10