Kavrakos, Dimitri, Greek bass-baritone; b. Athens, Feb. 26, 1946. He studied at the Athens Cons. In 1970 he made his operatic debut as Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Athens Opera, of which he was a member until 1978. He then made his first appearance in the U.S. at N.Y’s Carnegie Hall in Refice’s Cecilia. On March 7, 1979, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos. He made his British debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1982 as Mozart’s Commendatore, and then his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Pimen in Boris Godunov in 1984. In 1987 he was engaged at the Paris Opéra as the Grand Inquisitor. He sang Silva in Ernani at the Rome Opera in 1989. During the 1992-93 season, he appeared as Timur in Turandot at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, as Banquo at the Cologne Opera, and as the Commendatore at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. He sang Banquo in Florence in 1995.
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