On the 5th of May, 2018, the Zampelas Art Museum presents a Voice and Piano Recital entitled “20th&21st Century Art songs” with Music of Jonathan Dove, Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter. Myria Ioannou (soprano), Stelios Georgiou (tenor) and Plotinos Micromatis (piano) will be performing a wonderful collection of English Art songs of the 20th and 21st century, which are unknown to the Cyprus audience. Music and Lyrics explore romantic, lustful and erotic desires.
Myria Ioannou - Soprano
Myria Ioannou is a classically trained Soprano and a Theatre Maker. At the young age of fourteen she won the First prize at the Pan - Hellenic competition of Classical singing in Athens, which was organised by UNESCO. She holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied with Teresa Cahill and Dr Linda Hirst. She completed her Master of Arts in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied under the guidance of Dr Anna Furse and Graeme Miller.
She has performed the Operatic roles of Controller;Flight; Zerlina;Don Giovanni; Second woman;Dido and Aeneas. As a concert soloist she has sung leading roles from La Bohème, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, La Traviata, Falstaff, Rigoletto, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare, Hercules (HWV 60), L'enfant prodigue, The turn of the screw and Siren Song. She held solo recitals at the Old Royal Naval Chapel and at the Blackheath Halls in London and she has been featured as a soloist in Music venues in the United Kingdom. She has taken part in educational projects in the United Kingdom, which encouraged and inspired children to get involved with Music and she collaborated with professional musicians and young students for the composition of Soundtrack Music for the National Martime Museum.
In London, Myria searched for new ways of combining her knowledge of the Classical singing repertoire with other performing arts by collaborating with performers, actors, dancers, directors, writers, composers and live artists.
With her return to Cyprus, Myria held the Baroque Recital “Sweeter than roses”, for Voice and Piano with music of Henry Purcell, which was greatly applauded. Ioannou has been a chorus member of the Polyphonia Chamber Choir and she has been the soloist for the Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins and a soloist for the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. She is a member of the "Selene", Female Vocal Ensemble, which gave its first performance “The Baroque project” at the Casteliotissa Medieval Hall, in February 26.
Stelios Georgiou - Tenor
Stelios Georgiou was born in 1988 in Limassol, Cyprus. He began his music education in music at the age of eleven with piano lessons and Theory-Harmony classes with Christina Shiakalli Frantzeskou and singing lessons with Natalia Nord.
He was awarded a BMus with Honours in Music & Performance at Kingston University, where he had singing lessons with the well-known Baritone Jeffrey Black. He then achieved a Master degree in Performance & Opera from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was guided by the famous Baritone Quentin Hays. While studying for his degree, he was a member of Kingston University Chamber Choir (Prof. David Osbon) as a soloist and the Royal Church School of Music. A selection of his repertoire as a soloist includes: Missa Celtica by John Cameron, Eternal Light by Howard Goodall and The Armed man by Karl Jenskins. Stelios received a choral Scholarship from St. James’ Church in New Malden, UK administered by the RCSM and directed by Jason Edge, where he regularly performed as a soloist. He performed with the RCSM in Canterbury Cathedral and was a member of the Riverside Opera Chorus in Kingston upon Thames. He had a contract with the Longborough Festival Opera for the choral needs of the production of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Stelios had Master classes with Jeffrey Lawton, Paul Nylon, Ann Taylor, Lynne Dawson, Stefan Janski, Garth Bardsley, Robin Humphreys, Kathryn Singleton, Prof. David Osbon, Michael Round, Jason Edge, Scott Farell, Oliver- John Ruthven and Caroline Clegg.
Stelios has also participated in song contests and events in countries across Europe. He appeared as Fenton in the Opera Scenes The Merry Wives of Windsor and Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, RNCM Opera Theatre. In March 2015, he also performed Symphony No. 2 by Mahler with the RNCM Symphony Chorus and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and BBC Philharmonic in Leed’s Town Hall.
At the moment Stelios is a singing educator in different Music Private Institutes and Music Schools across the country.
Plotinos Micromatis - Piano
Plotinos Micromatis holds performance diplomas from the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a Master’s degree from the University of London.
He has an extensive repertoire ranging from the pre-baroque to present day and has given concerts in various countries as a recitalist, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician. He has also collaborated with the National Opera and the National Theatre of Greece.
Plotinos is also an experienced and successful teacher and collaborative pianist. As well as teaching students of any level – from beginner to professional, – he frequently coaches and accompanies students and professional musicians for examinations, auditions and competitions.