Lydía Zervanos was born in Athens, Greece and is part of a musical family. From a young age she was immersed in music taking piano, cello and later on voice lessons. From the very first years as a cellist she collaborated with numerous professional ensembles representing Greece both in her home country and abroad. Some of these are: The Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, Camerata BIOS, Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra and The World Orchestra. She has also been part of the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Cellissimo and Fior de la Piedra ensembles.
As a singer she has collaborated with the Crane Opera Ensemble in the operas L’Egisto (Cavalli), and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel). She performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Athens University, Greece and has presented recitals in Greece, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. In 2012, she performed the title role in Yasou Aida! (Verdi/Goyós), a Greek-German co-production between the Neuköllner Oper Berlin and The Beggars’ Operas of Athens, which premiered in Berlin and later appeared at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall and the Athens Festival, Greece. As part of her on-going collaboration with the Neuköllner Oper, she has participated as a singer and cellist in Platée. Ein Begehren (Rameau/Vinje, 2012-13) and It’s just opera honey! (2014). Ms. Zervanos joined the Greek National Opera in 2013 performing in Beware! The Prince is Messy (Kypourgos) as well as the title roles in Mademoiselle de Belle-Isle (Samaras) and the operetta The Posses-sed (Sakellaridis). In 2015, she sang the role of Glauce in Medea (Cherubini) at the 11th International Festival of The Aegean at the Apollo Theater of Ermoupolis-Syros, as well as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Mozart) in collaboration with Alltagsoper-Berlin. In season 2016-17, Ms. Zervanos collaborated with the newly formed Athens Philharmonia Orchestra to perform folk songs by M. Kalomiris, C. Orff's Carmina Burana and the world premiere of D. Lialios’s Requiem (written in 1890).
Lydía Zervanos began her vocal studies with George Zervanos and continued with her current teacher Martha Arapis. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned singers Stephanie Blythe, Sylvia Greenberg, Barbara Daniels and Cheryl Studer among others and has taken a series of lessons with KS Dagmar Schellenberger. She holds cello and voice degrees with Honors from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, USA (classes of Jill Pearon, voice & Mathias Wexler, cello), the Classical & Modern Music Conservatory (Marina Kislitsina, cello) and the Musical Horizons Conservatory in Athens, Greece. Her studies have been supported by merit-based scholarships from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.
SUNY Potsdam Presidential Scholar, Ms. Zervanos has authored Singing in Greek: A Guide to Greek Lyric Diction & Vocal Repertoire (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) to promote Greek art music and culture outside the borders of her country.
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