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), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte, Mozart), König Heinrich (Lohengrin, Wagner), Daland (The Flying Dutchman, Wagner), 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) 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, 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, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Stravisky’s The Wedding.
In season 2018/2019 Petros Magoulas appeared as Comte des Grieux (Manon, Massenet), Jacopo Fiesco (a Royal Opera House production of Simon Boccanegra, Verdi), Old Convict (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Shostakovich), and in the ballet production of The Wedding (Igor Stravinsky) at the Greek National Opera. He also appeared as Colline (La Bohème, Puccini) in Thessaloniki Concert Hall, as Melisso (Alcina, Händel) in Athens Epidaurus Festival with Armonia Atenea under George Petrou (Athens Herodeon), in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra (Thessaloniki Concert Hall), in Hatzidakis’ The Damned Snake (Milan, Castello Sforzesco), and in Bruckner’s Mass No.3 with the Athens State Orchestra (Athens Megaron).
In season (2019/2020) Petros Magoulas made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing Commendatore. The Don Giovanni ROH production was played in more than 1500 cinemas all over the world. He also appeared in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Athens State Orchestra under George Petrou (Athens Megaron). All other productions of that season were cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Last season (2020/2021) Petros Magoulas appeared as Commendatore in the new Don Giovanni coproduction of the Greek National Opera, the Göteborg Opera (Sweden) and the Royal Danish Opera. Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, this turned out to be a video on demand (streaming) performance, still available on GNO TV. In June it was planned to appear as Sparafucile in the new Greek National Opera – Athens Festival coproduction of Rigoletto at Herodeon (Athens). Anfortunately, the production was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, Petros Magoulas returned to London to interpret Commendatore in Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House. Further engagements of the season included a.o. Berlioz’s The Greek Revolution with the Athens State Orchestra (Athens Megaron).
This season 2021/2022 Petros Magoulas will appear in the new opera Hope of Homeland by George Kouroupos, which is commissioned by the Athens Concert Hall for the 200 years of the Greek Revolution. He will also participate in some important productions with the Greek National Opera and other organizations. However, due to the new policy of most organizations regarding the announcement of their productions – not per season, but quarterly – they will be announced in part during the season.
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), and also Arminio (DECCA).