Greek-American bass-baritone Stephanos Tsirakoglou is an artist with exceptional flair for the basso-buffo roles that have rapidly become the hallmark of his young career. Each of his onstage portrayals reveals elegant vocalism, impeccable timing, and remarkable enthusiasm. The 2012-2013 season sees his European debut as he joins Südthüringisches Staatstheater in Meiningen where his assignments will include Zirensché in Abai, Samuel in Un Ballo in Maschera, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lord Walton in I Puritani, Ollendorf in Der Bettelstudent, and Biterolf in Tannhäuser. Stephanos also joined Theater Chemnitz as Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte.
In the 2011-2012 season Stephanos added the role of Magnifico in La cenerentola to his repertoire with Fargo-Moorhead Opera and made his company debut with Kentucky Opera in The Merry Widow. Other recent engagements include Dottore Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Annapolis Opera, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Syracuse Opera, and his return to the Utah Festival for his role debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni. Engagements for 2009-2010 included performances of Der Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos for Seattle Opera, and his return to Utah Festival Opera as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Baron Douphol in La traviata. Recently, Stephanos was seen with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Betto in Gianni Schicchi, and with the Opera Company of Middlebury as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, a role he also stepped into at the last moment for the student matinee performances of Il barbiere with Opera Colorado. He has covered Geronte in performances of Manon Lescaut for Utah Festival Opera, and sung both Le fauteil/L’arbre in L’enfant et les sortileges and Simone in Gianni Schicchi for Seattle Opera. Previous portrayals include Melchior in Amahl & the Night Visitors, the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff, the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and Candy in Of Mice & Men. Stephanos has also been seen as Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, and Le Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites.
Stephanos has enjoyed great success on the concert stage, having sung the baritone and bass solos in the Mozart, Fauré, Brahms, and Howells Requiems. He has rounded out his orchestral appearances with aplomb, offering performances of Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat, Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem and Messiah, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day.
Stephanos is an alumnus of the apprentice artist programs of Lake George Opera and Opera New Jersey, in addition to having performed as a Guest Artist in Seattle Opera‘s Young Artist Program. Stephanos continues his studies with Mark Oswald in New York City.