Biography of Petros Magoulas
Petros Magoulas is an opera singer (bass), born in Athens, Greece. Ηe studied singing & opera performance with Frangiscos Voutsinos and Kostas Paskalis, along with his studies in advanced theory of music. He has performed in many opera productions at the Greek National Opera, Kiel Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Opera of Bilbao (ABAO), Welsh National Opera, Halle Händel Festival (Germany), Oldenburg Opera (Germany), Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Opera of Thessaloniki and Opera Festival of Ancient Corinth. From 2010 to 2013 he was a member of the ensemble of the Kiel Opera. As of 2014 he is at present a member of the ensemble of the Greek National Opera. During the last few seasons he sang leading roles such as Sarastro (The Magic Flute, Mozart), Osmin (The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart), Don Giovanni and Commendatore (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Méphistophélès (Faust, Gounod), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte, Mozart), König Heinrich (Lohengrin, Wagner), Daland (The Flying Dutchman, Wagner), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra, Verdi), Banco (Macbeth, Verdi), Sparafucile (Rigoletto, Verdi), Pagano (I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata, Verdi), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), Water-gnome (Rusalka, Dvořák), Comte des Grieux (Manon, Massenet), Colline (La Bohème, Puccini), Alidoro (La Cenerentola, Rossini), Frère Laurent (Romeo and Juliet, Gounod) and Lorenzo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini). He also performed the bass soloist parts in concert-works such as Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.14, Berlioz’s The Greek Revolution, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Stravisky’s The Wedding.
During the last seasons it is worth mentioning his debut as Commendatore at Covent Garden (2019/2020 and 2020/2021), a production which was broadcast in more than 1500 cinemas around the world and was recently released in Blue Ray disc, as well as his debut as Méphistophélès in the Greek National Opera’s Faust (2021/2022).
In the current season (2022/2023) Petros Magoulas will appear at the Greek National Opera as the Commendatore, as Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dappertutto (The Tales of Hoffmann) and as Zaccaria (co-production with the Athens Festival in Herodion, Athens). He will also appear at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv as Commendatore, in the concert form of the opera Protomastoras by Manolis Kalomiris at the Municipal Music Theater “Maria Callas” in Athens, as well as in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Athens State Orchestra at the Athens Concert Hall.
Petros Magoulas is a regular collaborator of the conductor George Petrou and his orchestra Armonia Atenaea. His recordings include all main bass roles in the releases of Handel’s operas Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano, Giulio Cesare, Alessandro Severo (MDG), Arminio (DECCA), and also his Commendatore in a Blue Ray album of Don Giovanni (OPUS ARTE, Royal Opera House) which has been recently released.
"Un Méphistophélès charismatique excuse souvent les potentielles faiblesses d’une production. C’est ce qu’on peut encore vérifier ce soir avec le fabuleux Petros Magoulas, qui par son timbre poivré et sa fine diction, propose un attirail de magies plurielles sur un fantastique paquebot de voix, montrant ses attraits à travers la collaboration plutôt qu’en s’imposant au-dessus des autres. Son personnage séduit par sa proximité humaine."
opera-online.com (11 April 2022)