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… Read more

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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… Read more

The German newspaper Thüringer Allgemeine recently published an interview with Ilia Papandreou and her colleague Marc Heller about the current opera production "Otello" at Erfurt theatre. Please find… Read more


The Greek Soprano Ilia Papandreou was born in London and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. She began her musical studies at the Berklee College of Music, then continued in Frankfurt and finally received her diploma from the Athens Conservatory of Music in January 2005, with honours. She took part, among others, in master classes by Montserrat Caballé. She was a member of the Theater Erfurt Ensemble until 2015.

She has sung over 40 premieres with great success, such as Leonore (Fidelio) and Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) already in her first season, followed by important parts like the title role of the world premiere of Mariana Pineda by the Italian composer Flavio Testi, the title role of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and La Contessa in Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro. In 2010 she was to be seen in the both enticing and extremely ambitious part of Manfred Gurlitt’s Nana. The highly acclaimed performance of this almost unknown opera…

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