Counter Tenor – Nicholas Spanos
Nicholas Spanos studied with Aris Christofellis in Greece. In 2000, he continued his studies at the University of Maryland School of Music Opera Studio (USA) with teachers Linda Mabbs and Leon Major, as a scholar of the 'Friends of Music' society of Athens; he also held an assistantship from the University. He graduated in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Voice/Opera Performance. Further studies included a postgraduate course in Lied & Oratorio with Charles Spencer in the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
He has participated actively in many vocal masterclasses taught by prominent teachers, such as Kurt Equiluz, Delores Ziegler, Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Michael Chance. He has been acclaimed for his appearance in opera, oratorio and recital worldwide. Both Greek and international press have always commented on his vocal and stage presence very favourably. He has collaborated with the Vienna State Opera, National Opera of Greece, Opera Lorraine, Opera of Egypt, Denmark Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Stuttgart, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchester 1756 Salzburg, Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, National Theatre of Greece, Orchestra of Colours, Armonia Atenea and Ensemble Alraune.
His appearances include venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Theatre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Cuvilliés Theater (Munich), Sydney Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Hall, Mozarteum (Salzburg), Karlskirche (Vienna), Taichung Concert Hall (Taiwan), Athens and Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Halls and others. For several years, he has been a regular collaborator of the 'Ex Silentio', 'Latinitas nostra' and 'Pandolfis Consort Wien' early music Ensembles.
In November 2002, he was awarded the 'Best Young Artist of the Year' award by the Association of Theatre and Music Critics of Greece. In the autumn of 2006, he was awarded first prize at the 'TECHNI' National Competition for Opera Singers, held in Thessaloniki. He has participated in the CD recording of Handel’s Oreste (2004) and Tamerlano (2006) for the German label MDG, as well as a CD based on Metastasio's Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (2011) for NAÏVE Records. His latest recordings include CDs by Gramola Wien entitled Adoration (2016) and Moving Telemann (2019), both with Pandolfis Consort Wien. He lives in Vienna, Austria.