Soula Parassidis

Soprano

“Soula Parassidis was befittingly glamorous, richly swathed in silks and veil, and glossily toned of voice. Combining a gleaming timbre with lightness and flexibility, Parassidis dispatched the French coloratura effortlessly,and with technical précision and assurance. Throughout she used her voice expressively, powerfully communicating character and feeling.”

- Opera Today for Soula’s performance in London 2013

Soula Parassidis recently sang the title rôle of Vanessa by Samuel Barber at the Opéra-Theâtre de Metz Métropole, following critical success as Leïla in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at Opéra Holland Park in London.

Highlights of the 2013/14 season include Soula’s début as Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Taipei with the Taipei Symphony, performances of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, as well as her Irish debut with conductor John Wilson, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin.

As a member of the ensemble at Oper Leipzig for three consécutive seasons, Soula performed a variety of répertoire accompanied by the Gewandhausorchester, including Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Luise Michel (Al gran sole), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Jenny (Mahagonny), 5th Maid (Elektra), Alceste (Admeto Re di Tessaglia) and many others. She also appeared on numerous occasioans with the company as a guest.

Past engagements at Aix-en-Provence Festival, Oper Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonie, Rudolfinum Prague,Teatro Massimo Palermo, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Staatstheater Nuremburg, Attersee Festival, Theâtre Athenée Paris, and Berliner Waldbuhne. Along with Israeli pianist Michael Abramovich, she is the co-founder of the Ensemble Alkan, which focuses on prominent and forgotten Jewish composers, with focus on the music of Kurt Weill and French composer Charles Alkan, for whom the ensemble is named.

Soûla has had the gréât pleasure to work many gréât artists: Peter Konwitchny, Alain Altinoglu, Ulf Schirmer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Benjamin Bayl, Tobias Kratzer, Cheryl Studer, Karan Armstrong, Federico Maria Sardelli, Matthias Foremny, Giancarlo Guerrero, John Wilson…

Born to a Greek father and Irish mother, Soûla trained at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music with David Meek and has been the recipient of generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as prize winner in the Metropolitan Opéra National Council.