"An orchesta of international calibre"

"...I've been following the Athens State Orchestra since 1968 and I don't think I've ever heard them play at this level before: as an orchestra of international calibre... Not a single musical bar was meaningless or imperfect..."
Lavish praise from Giorgos Sarigiannis, one of Greece's most respected music and theater critics, about Bruckner's Symphony no. 8 in his blog (in Greek).


Superbly subtle and nuanced playing

Another raving review of Vassilis Christopoulos' Wozzeck at the Greek National Opera, this time in Opera Now on 02.03.2020.


The chief driving force...

...behind Wozzeck's success at the Greek National Opera was Vassilis Christopoulos, "who combined glittering detail, rich post-romanticism and translucent textures to hypnotic effect, while always making the music’s savage power rumble below the surface", according to James Imam at the Financial Times on 20.01.2020.

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"Shostakovich without a single blind spot"

"Christopoulos proves to be an attentive singer accompanist and a relaxed yet compelling storyteller [...] this is a victorious Shostakovich as he sings and murders – without a single blind spot".

Read more on Manuel Brug's blog,, 22.05.2019, about Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the Greek National Opera (in German).


"The most pleasant surprise...

...of the evening was Vassilis Christopoulos' conducting, who did an exceptional job and obtained an excellent rendition [of "Elektra"] from an orchestra not accustomed to play such a demanding score. From the first bar of the opera, it was clear that he was in perfect command of the task at hand...".

Luis Gago, El País, 17.10.2017, about the opening night of the Greek National Opera in their new venue with "Elektra" by Richard Strauss (in Spanish).

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"Simply sensational!"

Raving critique about "Die Frau ohne Schatten" in Wiesbaden (in German).

Gerhard Hofmann, Der neue Merker, 26.9.2016



"A brilliant opening night"

An enthusiastic review of the opening concert of the RheinVokal Festival (in German).

Angela Baumeier, Rhein Zeitung, 26.6.2016



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