Soto Papulkas

born 3 February 1943 Florina

Picture of Sotos Papulkas

Soto Papulkas singsWie einst im Mai: Das war in Schöneberg, im Monat Mai, with unknown baritone
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Soto Papulkas singsLa fille du régiment: Welche Wonne, welches Glück
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Soto Papulkas singsDie Zauberflöte: Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben ... Wo willst du kühner Fremdling hin? ... Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton, with unknown baritone
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Born Sotirios Papoulkas, he left Greece already for his vocal studies with Josef Metternich in Köln, and spent the rest of his life in Germany.

He made his debut in 1968 as Alfredo in Flensburg, where he stayed for two years. 1970–73 at the Vienna Volksoper and 1971–87 at the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater, 1974–77 also in Nürnberg. Guest appearances: at the Vienna Staatsoper between 1977 and 1979 (3 times Almaviva, no less than 21 times Ernesto), in Bologna (Don Ottavio, 1982), in Dortmund, Athens, Strasbourg, Philadelphia and Toronto.

His repertory also included Nemorino, Edgardo, Ferrando, Idamante, Tamino, Nicolai's Fenton, Lindoro, Lenskij, Rinuccio and Italienischer Sänger.

From 1990, he was a professor of singing at the Folkwang Academy of Music in Essen. Throughout his career, he gave guest performances at the Greek National Opera in Athens, where he last appeared in 2000 as Tamino. His daughter Antigone Papoulkas (with re-Grecized "ou") was an interesting, light-voiced mezzosoprano.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens; reference 2: Greek National Opera archives

I wish to thank Stathis Arfanis for the picture.

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