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Soprano Julie Ziavras has won critical acclaim for her vocal beauty, musicianship, and dramatic stage persona in the US and abroad where she has performed in concert, on radio and television. Her diverse repertory includes opera, art song, contemporary music, folk and international ballads and Greek music. Described as "an estimable vocalist” by The New York Times, Dr. James Cotter in a review in The Times Herald Record said, "Soprano Julie Ziavras masters the most difficult instrument, wowing her Montgomery listeners with her warm and compelling voice, appealing presence and wide range of repertoire… pour(ing) her full energy into each number with virtuosity and verve." Her portrayal of Offenbach’s La Perichole was heralded in The River Reporter as a “tour-de-force performance…(with) the required coquettishness of a soprano in a buffo production like this one, the figure, the beauty, the charm and the panache, but she had more than that. She had a commanding voice and an energetic presence on stage.” Reviews of her portrayals of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni states that she "wow(ed) us again in this flamboyant portrayal of the wronged woman, resonating with piercing soprano anger that made the audience visibly shiver” and as Mimi, that she displayed “incredible range and deliver(ed) a strong, powerful rendition of Puccini’s lush and romantic score.”
Ms. Ziavras's roles include Mimi (La Bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), the title role in Offenbach’s La Perichole, Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), the Countess(Le nozze di Figaro), the Mother (Hänsel & Gretel), Julie (Show Boat) amd Kate in (Kiss me Kate). She appeared as a soloist singing arias with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and in early and contemporary music with the Manhattan Camerata Orchestra. Active as a versatile chamber musician, interpreter of sacred music and as a recitalist, she has appeared in the New York area at numerous venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Hall, Symphony Space Theater, World Music Institute, Guggenheim Museum in Soho, Alternative Museum, Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series, Delawarw Valley Opera NY, Opera Company of the Highlands NY, Festival Theatre NY, Mostly Opera Company PA, Queens Opera, Regina Opera, Greek Cathedral Concert Series, as well as radio broadcasts on WBAI, WNYC, WJFF and WAMC (Northeast Public Radio). She has premiered many original works and compositions written expressly for her voice, including a contemporary song cycle written to the poetry of Walt Whitman, an off-Broadway musical of Aristophanes’ The Birds and an opera based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's play Babylon Revisited. She is currently on MP3 in a vocalise written for her by Greek composer Spiros Cardamis, which remained in the number one spot in the opera category for nearly three months and is now featured in their Hall of Fame.
Among numerous appearances abroad, she was invited to Greece by renowned composer/music director Manos Hadjidakis to appear on Greek National Radio (ERT). During her extended stay in Greece, she was featured in numerous concerts and live broadcasts of opera, lieder, Renaissance song and contemporary music, including a world premiere at the Piraeus National Theatre, simulcast on National Radio. Her acclaimed tour of Greece and Serbia was the first time a western artist performed there after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The National Museum in Belgrade was opened for the concert, which was simulcast on Serbian National Radio and Television. She has been featured artist at numerous international festivals, including the Fiesta Internacional de las Naciones in Venezuela, the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, International Festival of Daphnis in Greece, and in Montreal premiering a cantata written for her voice. With Broadway Concerts Direct, she sang a concert tour of six cities in Nova Scotia, in a repertory including opera arias, art song, Broadway, international and folk music.
Ms. Ziavras received BM and MM degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and has coached and performed with renowned conductors and composers including George Schick, Alberta Masiello, Vincent La Selva, Jane Klaviter, Steve Margoshes, Avron Coleman, Shepard Coleman, Gildo di Nunzio and Lee Hoiby.
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