„Fanie Antonelou used her crystal-clear voice expertly to achieve genuine operatic drama“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung). „Fanie Antonelou is emblematic for the spirit, mellifluousness and presence of the most exciting Figaro recording of recent years.” (Hamburger Abendblatt): Greek soprano Fanie Antonelou, acclaimed for the elegant and charismatic tone of her voice, is in great demand in an unusually wide range of concert and opera repertoire, from medieval to contemporary music.
Current and recent engagements include Reinhard Keiser’s opera Der angenehme Betrug with Barockwerk Hamburg, Haydn’s Schöpfung and Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem with Stuttgarter Oratorienchor. With MusicAeterna under Teodor Currentzis she recently sang the soprano part in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in Baden-Baden. She also appeared in Mozart’s Davide penitente with Vox Luminis under Lionel Meunier.
Fanie Antonelou has collaborated with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, Wofgang Katschner, Jörg Halubek, Cornelius Meister, Kay Johannen, Felix Bender and with major European ensembles including Lautten Compagney Berlin, Il Gusto Barocco, Munich Bach Choir, Baroque Orchestra Le Chardon, and L’Arpa festante.
Ms. Antonelou has made guest appearances at Stuttgart State Opera as Inez in Verdi’s Trovatore, Diane in Gluck’s Ifigénie en Tauride and with the soprano part in a staged version of St. John‘s Passion by Bach. She has also appeared at the Athens Concert Hall with Händel’s Messiah, at the Perm Opera House where, under the direction of Teodor Currentzis, she sang the roles of Zerlina, Susanna and Belinda, and at major festivals such the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, where she performed songs by Lili Boulanger, at Bad Wildbad Rossini Festival as Ernestina in Rossini’s Occasione fà il ladro, and the Händel Festival in Halle, as Arianna in Händel’s Giustino.
A committed advocate for contemporary music, Fanie Antonelou performed, among other works, the Kafka Fragments for soprano and violin by György Kurtág at Attis Theatre in Athens, in a performance staged by director Savvas Stroumpos.
Her CD “Affinities”, with pianist Kerstin Mörk, has recently been released by BIS records, featuring Greek and German art songs. She recorded the role of Susanna in Mozart‘s Le Nozze di Figaro with MusicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis in his much-discussed Sony Classical recording. She recorded Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata Vergine with Ensemble La Fenice (on Ligia), and Music of Troubadours Elias Cairel and Raimbaut de Vaiqueiras, as well as music from the Codex of Chyprus with the Ensemble Ex Silentio.
Fanie Antonelou won First Prize and Grand Prix Maria Callas of the Maria Callas International Competition in Athens in the category oratorio/lied and has also been awarded the Frankfurt Mendelssohn-Prize. She studied voice, opera and lied at the Stuttgart School of Music as well as Early Music at the School of Music Trossingen in Germany.