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.
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 on GNO TV. Unfortunately, many productions have again been canceled this season 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), and a broadcast of ERT (Greek National Television) with Mozart’s Missa Brevis under George Petrou.
This season (2021/2022) Petros Magoulas is appearing 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, in the opera Markos Botsaris by Pavlos Carrer in Patras (in concert form) as well as in three productions of the Greek National Opera: as Lodovico in Otello (February & March 2022), as Méphistophélès in Faust (April 2022) and as Sparafucile in Rigoletto (June 2022, co-production with the Athens Festival in Herodion, Athens).
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)