Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17: Mezzo-Soprano Agnes Baltsa is 69-years-old today.

Mezzo-soprano Agnes Baltsa was born on the Greek island of Lefkas in 1944. From the age of six she took piano lessons. In 1958 she moved to Athens where she graduated from the conservatory in 1965. In the same year she won a Maria Callas scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies in Munich, Germany.

In 1968 she made her first appearance as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Frankfurt Opera, followed by Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Vienna State Opera in 1970. She is the youngest Ocativian ever at the Vienna State Opera.

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HIGHLY Recommended (Press album covers for direct links to Amazon):
Bizet - Carmen / Levine, Baltsa, Carreras, Metropolitan OperaAgnes Baltsa - Songs My Country Taught MeFrom Greece with Love. Songs from the Home of the OlympicsBizet: Carmen


From that year on, her career developed rapidly: the Deutsche Oper Berlin, various opera houses in the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich,  Govent Garden in Zürich and the Paris Opera among others.

In October 2005, Agnes Baltsa and Placido Domingo sang the Radames/Amneris duet from Aida on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the reopening of the Staatsoper in Vienna.
For the past few years, her career seems revolve around Elektra, Jenufa, numerous opera concerts and the very successful concerts with Greek Songs, mostly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Greece.

Unfortunately, Agnes Baltsa has not made any studio recordings since her opera duets CD with José Carreras in 1991. Her CD with Greek Songs was re-issued by DG in 2004.


For more about Agnes, visit her fan club Website at -


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