Greek bass Georgios Papaefstratiou is originally from Athens, where he began his training as a chemical engineer by graduating from the National Technical University with a Chemical Engineering degree in 2005. Whilst completing his first degree he studied piano, receiving a diploma, also in 2005. Georgios has recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is currently in his first year of a Master’s in Singing degree, studying with Laura Sarti and Russell Smythe.
Georgios’ operatic roles include Luka in The Bear (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2010), Colline in La Bohème (Cock Tavern Theatre, 2009-2010), First Brother in Stephen Crowe’s opera The Singing Bone (Grimeborn Festival [sic], 2009), Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (Situation Opera, 2008), Bass solo in Idylle sur la paix (GSMD, 2008), Bass solo in the electro/acoustic opera To Vlemma tis tyflotitas (The Glance of Blindness) by Nickos Harizanos (2004), Oralto in La Fida Ninfa and Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos (Athens Conservatoire, 2003).
Oratorio highlights include Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah at St George’s, Bloomsbury and Beethoven’s Mass in C at St Michael and All Angels, Turnham Green.
Georgios’s concert/recital experience includes Stravinsky’s Les Noces (Guildhall project touring in London (LSO St Luke’s) and France (les Dominicains-Guebwiller, Barthelemy Farm - Bussy Lettrée, Auditorium St-Germain, Paris, and Opéra de Rouen) as well as appearances in Beaulieu Abbey, St Gabriel’s, Pimlico, and St Mary-le-Bow (2009); St Peter, Bushey Heath (2009), St George’s, Bloomsbury and St Mary’s, Poole (2008) and the Shinnyo-en Temple, Surrey (2007).
Georgios was a member of Glyndebourne chorus in 2009. He has worked in master classes with many prestigious musicians, such as Edith Wiens, Paolo Olmi, Emma Kirkby, Julian Gavin, Helmut Rieling and Reiner Hoffman.