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Alkistis Protopsalti

The Greek Music Scene

June 23, 2019, 22.00, Great Lawn

Alkistis Protopsalti

She has performed landmark songs in Greek music, brings an explosive presence to the stage that transports her audience, and possesses a unique ability to sing not only in Greek, but also in Chinese, Spanish, Swahili, Armenian, English, and French. Alkistis Protopsalti is coming to the Summer Nostos Festival to transport the audience with her songs and to share the rare musical treasures collected through her artistic pursuits and her travels around the globe. With her on stage we will see the MandolinARTE – Plucked Strings Orchestra of Athens. Thomas Kontogeorgis will arrange the music and conduct the orchestra, and the singer Yannis Mathes will make a guest appearance.

Alkistis Protopsalti was born in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents. She has been at the forefront of the Greek music scene for more than four decades, with many gold and platinum records to her name, and having given countless concerts, not only in Greece but also in major theaters and operas all over the world. She has appeared in the U.S., Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Canada, Cyprus, the UK, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and South Africa. Exuberant, dynamic and tender, she rivets her audience with her performance and rouses it with her Mediterranean temperament. She has worked with leading Greek composers, lyricists, and film directors. Her performances are distinctive and her stage presence unique.

She has represented Greece at many official events around the world including the EU Leaders Summit; the EU Foreign Ministers Summit; the celebration of 35 years of Greek-Chinese friendship at the Forbidden City theater in Beijing; the celebration of the reopening of the Alexandria Library; the EXPO exhibitions in Lisbon and Berlin; and the official Patriarchal events on Halki and in Constantinople. She has performed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and at the Moscow Opera, always conveying her country’s music and culture in her own unique way.
Alkistis Protopsalti has collaborated with leading orchestras, such as the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Presidential Band of the Russian Federation, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra. She took part in the torch relay and the closing ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games, and performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics 2010, where she sang the Olympic Anthem with the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo.

She has carried out countless collaborations with great composers -Goran Bregovic, the Gipsy Kings’ Mario Reyes, and Natasha Atlas- and appeared on stage with Tito Puente. She also participated in the Greek language versions of two Walt Disney films, Esmeralda, in which she sang the title song, and Tangled, where she voiced the character of Mother Gothel.
In June 2013, she took part in the international humanitarian concert “Hope for a Wind of Change in Iran” which took place in Berlin and featured famous artists from around the world, among them Albano, Henry Padovani (the original guitarist of The Police), and Ebi.