INTERVIEW | Nikos Spanatis

"Love is a blind emotion full of outbreaks and swirling."

Interview: George Stavrakidis

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 Numismatic Museum in Athens | Photo (c) Stefanos Papadopoulos

How did your relationship with music started?

When I was a little kid, I remember the afternoons after school listening to my favorite LP Record from Haendel’s “Music of the Water”. However, my substantial connection with music happened when I became a member in a Philarmonic Orchestra playing the trumpet at the age of eight. There, I took my first music lessons and I remained as active musician for seventeen years.

On the 13th of February you will perform songs of love at Serres…

The initial idea was, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, to present a program here at Serres, at “Asteria” theatre, which would be inspired by the force of Eros and love, including songs, ballads, arias and duets known to the general public. Supported by the Municipal Regional Theatre of Serres, this idea came true and on Saturday 13th February I will perform with magnificent and established mezzo soprano Irene Karaianni and virtuoso pianist Dimitris Yakas, in a program with arias and duets by the most popular French composers, such as Offenbach, Saint-Saëns and Massenet, the provocative “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen, very well known songs and duets by Greek acknowledged composers, such as Samaras, Spathis and Sakellarides, as well as the famous Sous Le Ciel De Paris by Giraud, perhaps the greatest French melodist. Purcell and Haendel could not possibly be absent from this program, with their enchanting melodies, the well known and tender “So in Love” from Porter’s musical “Kiss me Kate”, Weill’s music with the “milestone” song “Je ne t’ aime pas”, the delightful music by Audran, Curtis and Britten, as well as the emotional ballad by Niles “Black is the color of my true love’s hair”. All the works are dedicated to Eros and the beauty of real love.

["The great moments music has given me are the true friendships..."]

Has the music given you great moments?

Even though I have collaborated with Greek and international orchestras, as well as with acclaimed singers and conductors, I believe that the great moments music has given me are the true friendships I make after a collaboration has taken place, the love and true enthusiasm of my colleagues and the daily enjoyment of the music I love in any way or activity.

Which professional dream has not come true yet?

The release of a personal album with favorite arias of my repertoire.

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Nikos Spanatis: «The classical music has a limited but a passionate audience …»


"The classical music has a limited but a passionate audience ... "
In a seductive play where nostalgia meets expectation and happiness surrenders with melancholy to hopeless love, the counter tenor Nikos Spanatis talks about the baroque music concert «Mi palpita il cor». Featuring vocal and instrumental music of the 18th century, this music night will take place at the Philological Association " Parnassus ", on Friday April 12th , at 20.30 pm , with artists specialized in the interpretation of Baroque music. Among them, the distinguished counter tenor Nikos Spanatis who talks about the concert and the magic of music.

 Who will be your partners on stage ?

"I am very pleased - the last two years- to work with great and highly regarded Baroque music artists in Greece. For Katerina Ktona recommendations are not necessary, since the history of the harpsichord in our country has been identified with her name.

 Ms. Ktona is a founding member of important recordings and numerous appearances at home and abroad. 

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Our collaboration took place for the first time in April 2011 and was soon repeated in the next few months. I will also have the pleasure to interact musically once again with Angelos Repapis. Mr. Repapis studied double bass and viola da gamba in Netherlands, is a founding also member of the ensemble "Sinfonia" who works with major early music ensembles in Greece and greatly supports the dissemination of interpretation with original organs.

My acquaintance with Efi Minakouli lasts for many years. Ms. Minakouli studied singing, lute and theorbo in England, works with the most significant Greek orchestras as laoutista and participates in important recordings of baroque opera. It would have been an omission not to mention that over the years my acquaintance with Efi Minakouli developed into a regular cooperation and cordial friendship. Finally, another partner to this concert will be Anastasia Miliori in baroque violin. After completing her studies in Germany, she works with Baroque ensembles in Greece and abroad and participates in Baroque opera recordings . I will have the pleasure to work on stage for the second time With Anastasia Miliori. "

Which moment of your artistic journey do you believe that defined your evolution ?

"I think during my career until now there has been  no specific moment which proved to be decisive. Each successful cooperation is a reason for what will follow. The singer who has a healthy and beautiful voice with a sense of professional responsibility and  above all shows respect to the music it serves, has the opportunity to participate in productions , performances and concerts, to become loved by the audience and above all to create great partnerships."

What is attitude towards classical music in Greece ?

"The classical music - although universal – has a limited but a passionate audience. Fortunately, the nightlife spots are not characterized as “cultural centers” anymore ." Now, with a new spirit , the great artistic and educational activities of the State Orchestras , the Camerata, the Foundation of Arts and Letters , the National Opera and many other cultural institutions present distinguished works of the classical repertoire with a different and fresh look throughout Greece , dazzling young and old viewers. "

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Händel Rodelinda "Vivi Tiranno"
Cyclades Festival Orchestra


Mozart Ascanio "Al mio ben"
Brussels Virtuosi Orchestra

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Händel Rinaldo "Cara Sposa"
Cyclades Festival Orchestra


Gluck Orfeo "Ahime..Che farò"
Musica Vitae & Tiberiu Soare

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Mozart Mitridate "Venga pur"
Athens State Orchestra

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Händel Partenope "Furibondo"
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta

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Händel Serse "Ombra mai fu"
Baroque Ensemble

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Koumendakis "Hedda Gabler"
Baroque Ensemble

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Gounod "Serenade"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Barber "Un Cygne"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Monteverdi "Oblivion soave"
Effi Minakoulis, theorbo

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Philip Glass "Akhnaten"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Camerata Ensemble

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Britten Oberon's aria
Greek Opera Studio

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Sound Recording

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