Greek soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni).
Papatanasiu studied musicology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and singing at the Conservatory of Thessaloniki and in Milan with Roberto Coviello. She made her debut as Violetta Valéry (La traviata) with Rome Opera. She has since sung for the world’s leading opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opéra, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, Zürich Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Dutch National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, the Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Regio di Turin, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Rome Opera, Grand Théâtres de Luxembourg, Dallas Opera, Opera Australia, Opéra de Montréal and for Tokyo’s New National Theatre, and for festivals in Athens, Edinburgh and New York. Her repertory includes Alcina, Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Aulide), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Semiramide, Luisa Miller, Violetta Valéry, Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), Manon Lescaut (Manon), Mimì (La bohème), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Rusalka.
Papatanasiu has sung in concert with major orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Le Concert d’Astrée, Les Talens Lyriques and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, working with the world’s leading conductors. Her concert repertory includes Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Her recordings include Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) for Sony Classical under Currentzis. She won Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year (2012) for her interpretation of Violetta for Dallas Opera.