Greek bass Christophoros Stamboglis made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Ramfis (Aida) and has since returned to sing Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Doctor Grenvil (La traviata) and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Royal Opera.
Stamboglis was born and educated in Athens. After winning the Maria Callas Scholarship he continued his studies with Vera Rozsa at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, later studying at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. He began his career singing throughout Europe in bel canto, Mozart and Rossini repertory and was a principal bass for Deutsche Oper am Rhein 2002–07. He went on to expand his repertory to include dramatic roles, such as Philip II (Don Carlo, in French and Italian), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Timur (Turandot), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Giorgio (I puritani) and, in buffo repertory, Don Pasquale, Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Lord Sydney (Le Comte Ory), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Cook (L’Amour des trois oranges). In Greece he has appeared at both the Athens Megaron Concert Hall and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. He has sung around Europe and in the USA, including for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Carnegie Hall and at the Caramoor Festival.
Stamboglis appears regularly in concert and recital around the world, engagements including Beethoven's Symphony no.9 with the Athens State Orchestra for the 2004 Olympic Games. He has also made several recordings, including many of Rossini's sacred works.
Christophoros Stamboglis in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mark Douet, 2014
Marie McLaughlin as Marcellina and Christophoros Stamboglis as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014
Christophoros Stamboglis as Bartolo and Marie McLaughlin as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014