„Shining heights, fine emotions“: Ilia Papandreou celebrated as Ariadne

On 26th January Ilia Papandreou gave her ovation-celebrated debut at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg as interpreter of the title role in Richard Strauss' opera Ariadne auf Naxos. Under the musical direction of GMD Enrico Calesso and directed by Dominique Horwitz, Ilia Papandreou performed in a Strauss opera for the first time since her debut as Marschallin.

Debut in Dessau

As Princess Jaroslawna in Alexander Borodin's rarely heard opera Prince Igor, Ilia Papandreou made her successful debut at the Anhalt Theater in Dessau in May and June, adding another Russian soprano role to her extensive repertoire.
In the concertante performances with the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau under the musical direction of Kapellmeisterin Elisa Gogou the audience and critics were very enthusiastic:

Medea – „a triumph“

With the title role in Luigi Cherubini's "Medea", Ilia Papandreou returned to the Erfurt theatre in November 2017, thus "adding another triumph to her career" (Thueringer Allgemeine, November 13, 2017). "Vocally, she is the actress who dominates all," says Larissa Gavritschenko and Thomas Janda (Der Neue Merker), "she not only plays her role, she lives her role with great persuasiveness."

Autumn 2017 – Reformhaus Lutter

In 2017, the world looked back on 500 years of Reformation. The actor, singer and director Dominique Horwitz together with Ilia Papandreou premiered his Revue "Reformhaus Lutter" as a commission piece for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln as part of the celebration of the Luther Year. Also in attendance were the WDR Radio House Orchestra and the WDR Radio Choir Cologne. The overall musical direction was in the hands of Rasmus Baumann.

Ilia Papandreou celebrated as „Iolanta“

Recently celebrated as Brunehild (Sigurd) and Marguerite (Faust) in the French subject, Ilia Papandreou once again thrilled in the Russian opera subject as interpreter of the title role in Tchaikovsky's rarely heard opera Iolanta. Ilia Papandreou returned to the Erfurt Theater as a guest with this concertante performance.

Als „Stern des Abends“ rühmt Der Neue Merker Ilia Papandreou in der Rolle der blinden Königstochter: „Optisch präsent in einem weißen Kleid, singt sie alle Arien mit größter Präzision und vollem Volumen. Dabei beherrscht sie den Text

Ilia Papandreou’s brilliant debut as Madama Butterfly

After her critically acclaimed Desdemona in May 2014, Ilia Papandreou once more aroused ecstatic enthusiasm with a debut at the Erfurt Theatre. The audience and critiques euphorically celebrated her representation of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The Thueringer Allgemeine (09/29/2014) speaks of an “outstanding Ilia Papandreou”. The Thüringische Landeszeitung(09/29/2014) praises Ilia Papandreou for her “brilliant increase of vocal power”giving “expression to Butterfly’s burdened state of mind.”For Thomas Janda (Der Neue Merker) her aria ‘Un bel dì’becomes the „musical climax of

Brilliant debut

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Ilia Papandreou as Desdemona had the audience laying at her feet:

„For me, the absolute star of the evening was Ilia Papandreou!“, said the enthusiastic Uwe Friedrich in his radio-criticism on MDR Figaro two days after the Erfurt Otello Premiere (24th of May, 2014). Also the national and regional critiques, (as well as the specialist publications) were full of praise for the exceptional debut of Ilia Papandreou as Desdemona, whom, „with her singing and acting shone above the whole spectacle.“ (Thomas Janda, Der Neue Merker)

„Ilia Papandreou as Desdemona had the